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J Korean Sleep Res Soc. 2010;7(2):32-36.         doi: https://doi.org/10.13078/jksrs.10006
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome in Women
Hyeri Park, and Hyunwoo Nam
Department of Neurology, Boramae Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Hyunwoo Nam ,Tel: +82-2-840-2508, Fax: +82-2-831-2826, Email: hwnam@brm.co.kr
Received: 6 November 2010;  Accepted: 14 December 2010.
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ABSTRACT
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is characterized by recurrent episodes of upper airway collapse and obstruction during sleep. These episodes of obstruction are associated with recurrent hypoxemia and decline in efficiency of ventilation. Gender-related differences in sleep and its regulation influence the risk and mechanisms of sleep disorders. In addition, physiologic changes in women’s lives such as pregnancy and menopause are related to OSAS. OSAS is associated with various medical complications and decreased quality of life, so its accurate diagnosis and active management is needed.
Keywords: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome | Gender | Hormone | Pregnancy | Polycystic ovarian syndrome
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