CONSENSUS STATEMENTS ON SLEEP APNOEA SYNDROME by uoh11382

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CONSENSUS STATEMENTS
ON SLEEP APNOEA SYNDROME
Demosthenes Bouros, MD, PhD, FCCP                In this Supplement are published together two Consensus Statements:
                                             the consensus statement on the management of obstructive sleep ap-
                                             noea/hypopnoea syndrome, which was drawn up by the sleep disorder
                                             group of the Hellenic Thoracic Society (HTS), and the Consesus Statement
Department of Pneumonology,
                                             on diagnosis and treatment of Sleep-Breathing Disorders of the Hellenic
Medical School, Democritus University
of Thrace,                                   Society of Sleep Disorders (HSSD).
Alexandroupolis, Greece                          The HTS guidelines are in agreement with the corresponding guide-
                                             lines of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ΑΑSM) and focus on
                                             the necessary laboratory equipment, the proper use and prescription of
                                             the CPAP device and the ways of monitoring patients for evaluation of the
                                             effectiveness of treatment.
                                                 The Consesus Statement on diagnosis and treatment of Sleep-Breathing
                                             Disorders of the Hellenic Society of Sleep Disorders is divided into three
                                             sections. The first section covers general aspects of breathing disturbances
                                             during sleep (definitions, classification of sleep disturbances, indications for
                                             polysomnographic study), the second section deals with the therapeutic
                                             options, with emphasis on the application of positive pressure, and the third
                                             section is devoted to the apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome in childhood.
                                                 Breathing disturbances during sleep constitute a major part of the
                                             rapidly developing subspecialty of Sleep Medicine. Contemporary Pneu-
                                             monology includes Sleep Medicine in its specialty education, and there is
                                             a continuing need among pneumonologists for training in this field. The
                                             provision of consensus statements with guidelines which are as clear as
                                             possible will help in the optimal handling of these problems with a minimal
                                             treatment cost.




Correspondence:
Demosthenes Bouros MD, PhD, FCCP
Professor of Pneumonology
Head, Dept of Pneumonology,
and Chairman, Dept of Internal Medicine,
Democritus University of Thrace
and University Hospital of Alexandroupolis
Alexandroupolis, Greece, 68100
Tel/Fax: +30-25510-76106,
e-mail: bouros@med.duth.gr

								
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