Canadian Anaesthetists’ Society Journal

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 439–445

Sleep apnoea syndrome and anaesthesia

  • Frances Chung
  • Ronald R. Crago


The sleep apnoea syndrome is reviewed, defined, and classified. Particular emphasis is placed on the identification of a patient population that is prone to sleep apnoea and the diseases and syndromes that are associated with it. For anaesthetists, direct enquiry into daytime and nightime sleep abnormalities and careful examination of the upper airway are important for preoperative detection of these patients and especially patients with obstructive sleep apnoea who might present for anaesthesia and operation. A typical case is reported and details of the preoperative, peroperative and postoperative management are discussed.

Key Words

Ventilation sleep apnoea Complications respiratory obstruction central apnoea 


Le syndrome d’apnée du sommeil est passé en revue, défini et classifié. Les auteurs insistent sur l’identification de la propulation à risque et les maladies et syndromes qui s’associent à l’apnée du sommeil. L’anesthésiste doit s’enquérir de toute anomalie du sommeil et un examen poussé des voies respiratoires supérieures est indiqué spécialement pour les candidats à l’anesthésie et à la chirurgie qui présentent la forme obstructive. Un cas typique est rapporté et la conduite à tenir aux périodes pré-opératoire, per-opératoire et postopératoire est discutée.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frances Chung
    • 1
  • Ronald R. Crago
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiaUniversity of Toronto, Toronto Western HospitalTorontoCanada

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