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.
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Sleep-disordered breathing