Nocturnal sleep and oxygen balance in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
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A long-term, clinical and polygraphic investigation of nocturnal sleep was performed in nine non-ambulatory Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients (mean age 16.2 years, range 10–20) with normal daytime blood gas tensions. The data show that nocturnal sleep has some adverse influence on oxygen balance in these patients as suggested by the occurrence of arterial oxyhaemoglobin desaturation occurring mainly during REM stages. This adverse effect tended to worsen significantly within a 2-year period in the absence of any sleep-related symptoms. A significant correlation between the degree of oxygen imbalance during sleep and the degree of restrictive thoratic syndrome during wakefulness was shown.
Key wordsSleep Respiration Duchenne muscular dystrophy
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