Should all Morbidly Obese Patients be Evaluated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

  • Waleed Riad
  • Frances Chung


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder characterized by repetitive episodes of apnea and hypopnea during sleep. There is a strong positive correlation between morbid obesity (MO) and OSA, with a prevalence of OSA in MO patients believed to be between 70 and 95%. It has been estimated that a body mass index (BMI) > 28 kg m−2 increases the possibility of moderate-to-severe OSA by fivefold. The gold standard for diagnosis of OSA is by polysomnography (PSG). However, it is a lengthy procedure and requires significant resources. In order to constrain cost and decrease the waiting time for diagnosis several portable sleep monitoring devices have been used successfully. Alternatively, there are screening questionnaires that are designed to classify patients based on history and physical examination in order to identify patients who need a formal sleep study. As each tool has its own limitation, this chapter will discuss in details all the possible options and the best way to accurately diagnose MO patients.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Bariatric Surgery Apnea Hypopnea Index Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patient Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesia, Toronto Western HospitalUniversity Health Network, University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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