Outcomes in children with down syndrome and mild obstructive sleep apnea treated non-surgically.

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Nasal steroids, oral anti-leukotrienes and supplemental oxygen are effective in the treatment of mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in otherwise healthy children. However, their efficacy is unknown in children with Down syndrome (DS). Here we examine the effect of single medication therapy versus observation versus oxygen on polysomnographic outcomes in these children.


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Name: The Laryngoscope
ISSN: 1531-4995


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