The role of obesity in the increased of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome

Mira Gopal, Stephen Duntley, Matt Uhles, Hrayr Attarian*

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in a population of premenopausal women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and to study the impact of obesity on the increased prevalence of OSAS in this population. Methods: Twenty-three premenopausal women with definite PCOS, and no prior diagnosis of a sleep disorder, were recruited from gynecology clinics. An investigator interviewed them, for symptoms of excessive sleepiness, their body mass index (BMI) was calculated, and they underwent overnight polysomnography. Results: Sixteen of 23 (69.6%) met criteria for OSAS. Five were treated with continuous positive airway pressure. Confidence interval was 47.7-84.5%. An increased respiratory disturbance index (RDI) did not correlate with higher BMI. Conclusions: OSAS is significantly more prevalent in this population than in a population of obese women. There was no correlation between obesity and severity of the OSAS. Obesity is not the cause of this increased prevalence of OSAS in a population of women with PCOS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-404
Number of pages4
JournalSleep Medicine
Volume3
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002

Keywords

  • Body mass index
  • Obesity
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Respiratory disturbance index
  • Women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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