Breathing disorders during sleep in chest wall diseases

Monaldi Arch Chest Dis. 1993 Aug;48(4):315-7.


Chest wall deformity due to kyphoscoliosis may present with two altered breathing patterns during sleep; 1) progressive O2 desaturation particularly during REM sleep and 2) central apnoea also during REM sleep but rarely accompanied by O2 desaturation. No typical breathing pattern abnormality is seen in the rigid spine syndrome.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia / etiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polysomnography
  • Respiration
  • Sleep / physiology
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / etiology*
  • Spinal Diseases / complications*
  • Spinal Diseases / physiopathology