Ineffective CPAP Treatment After Effective CPAP Titration

Chest. 2020 Dec;158(6):e311-e315. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2020.07.030.


A 67-year-old woman was evaluated for snoring, frequent awakenings, excessive sleepiness, nocturia, headaches, witnessed apneas, and choking and gasping from sleep. Medical history included OSA, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, depression in remission, and mild intermittent asthma. Epworth sleepiness scale score was 22 (abnormal is ≥10, maximum score is 24; increasing scores represent increasing sleepiness). She had been prescribed CPAP therapy. She reported initial nasal mask discomfort (ResMed AirFit N20 nasal mask), which improved with change to an oronasal mask. Patient used nightly, with acceptable tolerance. Sleep onset and wake times remained consistent, with an average total sleep time of 7 hours. She denied alcohol intake, sedative medication use, or changes in weight.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure / instrumentation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Masks / adverse effects*
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Polysomnography
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / therapy*
  • Wakefulness