Cutting-edge technologies for diagnosis and monitoring of snoring in children

World J Clin Pediatr. 2016 Feb 8;5(1):63-6. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v5.i1.63.


Snoring is a very common problem in children and may be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Appropriate diagnosis is of importance due to detrimental effects of OSA. Polysomnography is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of OSA. However, it is impractical for several reasons and this is why other tests have been developed as alternatives to formal polysomnography (PSG) for the assessment of children with snoring. In this mini-review basic features of PSG as well as alternative tests are presented and future perspectives are provided in addition to current guideline for the diagnosis and monitoring of childhood snoring. The aim of this review is to highlight briefly currently developed technologies that seem promising for the evaluation of snoring.

Keywords: Microelectronics; Molecular markers; Polysomnography; Sleep apnea; Snoring.

Publication types

  • Review