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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68-70

Efficacy of auto-PAP titration in obstructive sleep apnea: Single-center experience

1 Department of Respiratory Therapy, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
2 Department of Respiratory Therapy, Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Pulmonology, VPS Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre, Eranakulam, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Mr. G Gokul Krishna
Department of Respiratory Therapy, Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_35_19

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Background: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-associated breathing disorder, which left untreated can cause severe morbidities or even mortality. The recommended treatment strategy for moderate-to-severe OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). The optimal pressure required for OSA can be measured by either manual CPAP titration or auto-CPAP titration study. Objective: To assess the efficacy of auto-PAP titration for OSA patients. Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study conducted on Pulmonary Medicine Sleep Lab at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. Fifty patients who have undergone full-night polysomnography and followed with auto-PAP titration are included in the study. The research was approved by the institutional ethics committee. Results: In the study cohort, 50% showed optimal titration, 40% good titration, 10% adequate titration and none in unacceptable category. The results showed that auto-PAP usage has good result in moderate-to-severe OSA. Conclusion: Unattended auto-PAP titration seems to be highly effective modality which can be considered as an alternative to attended CPAP titration, thus reducing labor intensiveness and cost.

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