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Report States Many Endoscopy Patients at High Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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An article in the December issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy states that "More than a third of patients undergoing routine outpatient endoscopic procedures are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to findings from a prospective study at a university hospital."

The study was based on results from a questionnaire that was given to 233  patients before routine esophagogastroduodenoscopy or colonoscopy.

The results suggest that "the majority of patients at risk of OSA can safely undergo conscious sedation for routine endoscopic procedures by using standard sedation and monitoring practices," the authors conclude.

To read more about the Reuters report, click here.

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