Screening methods for obstructive sleep apnoea in severely obese pregnant women

Longworth, H, McCallin, K, Narayanan, RP, Turner, MA ORCID: 0000-0002-5299-8656, Quenby, S, Rycroft, D, Charnley, M, Abayomi, J, Topping, J, Weeks, AD ORCID: 0000-0002-1909-337X
et al (show 1 more authors) (2017) Screening methods for obstructive sleep apnoea in severely obese pregnant women. CLINICAL OBESITY, 7 (4). pp. 239-244.

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Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is an often-overlooked diagnosis, more prevalent in the obese population. Screening method accuracy, uptake and hence diagnosis is variable. There is limited data available regarding the obese pregnant population; however, many studies highlight potential risks of apnoeic episodes to mother and foetus, including hypertension, diabetes and preeclampsia. A total of 162 women with a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 35 were recruited from a tertiary referral hospital in the northwest of England. They were invited to attend three research antenatal clinics, completing an Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) questionnaire at each visit. A monitor measuring the apnoea hypopnoea index (AHI) was offered at the second visit. Data taken from consent forms, hospital notes and hospital computer records were collated and anonymized prior to statistical analysis. A total of 12.1% of women had an ESS score of >10, suggesting possible OSA. Rates increased throughout pregnancy, although unfortunately, the attrition rate was high; 29.0% of women used the RUSleeping (RUS) meter, and only one (2.1%) met pre-specified criteria for OSA (AHI ≥ 15). This individual had OSA categorized as severe and underwent investigations for preeclampsia, eventually delivering by emergency caesarean section due to foetal distress. The accuracy of the ESS questionnaire, particularly the RUS monitor, to screen for OSA in the pregnant population remains unclear. Further research on a larger sample size using more user-friendly technology to confidently measure AHI would be beneficial. There are currently no guidelines regarding screening for OSA in the obese pregnant population, yet risks to both mother and foetus are well researched.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: High-risk pregnancy, morbidity, obesity, preeclampsia
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 08:50
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 07:02
DOI: 10.1111/cob.12196
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