Sleep disordered breathing in the elderly

Am J Med. 2011 Dec;124(12):1123-6. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2011.04.017. Epub 2011 Sep 8.


Sleep-disordered breathing, especially obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has a high prevalence among the elderly, where it may present with atypical symptoms. Untreated OSA can reduce quality of life and have adverse health consequences. Effective treatment is available, so all physicians treating the elderly should be aware of the clinical presentation, diagnostic methods, and treatment options for OSA.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Comorbidity
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Polysomnography
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes* / complications
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes* / diagnosis
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes* / physiopathology
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes* / therapy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires