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Once in awhile i wake up gasping for air. If this usually only happens if I am laying on my back with only one pillow, does this mean it is less likely to be central apnea caused by a brain tumor?

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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not a tumor

It sounds more likely that you have obstructive sleep apnea.

In brief: Not a tumor

It sounds more likely that you have obstructive sleep apnea.
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Dr. Lance Timmerman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Obstructive

Central apnea is when a person isn't even trying to breath.
Since you were gasping, that means there was effort and likely an obstruction. A sleep test (polysomnogram) would be best to determine what is happening.

In brief: Obstructive

Central apnea is when a person isn't even trying to breath.
Since you were gasping, that means there was effort and likely an obstruction. A sleep test (polysomnogram) would be best to determine what is happening.
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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: OSA?

I would be worried about obstructive sleep apnea (osa), not central apnea at this point.
Do you snore? Has anyone told you that you stop breathing while asleep? Do you have problems with daytime fatigue? When you lay down and are awake, can you breathe ok? You may need a sleep study to figure this out.

In brief: OSA?

I would be worried about obstructive sleep apnea (osa), not central apnea at this point.
Do you snore? Has anyone told you that you stop breathing while asleep? Do you have problems with daytime fatigue? When you lay down and are awake, can you breathe ok? You may need a sleep study to figure this out.
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Dr. Andrew Doe
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is more likely to be obstructive sleep apnea.
It may be the position of your head causing airway obstruction.

In brief: Yes

It is more likely to be obstructive sleep apnea.
It may be the position of your head causing airway obstruction.
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