Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “SNORE AWAY“ to remember about the Differential Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
S – Sinusitis: Chronic sinusitis can cause nasal congestion and contribute to OSA.
N – Neuromuscular Disorders: Conditions like myasthenia gravis can lead to muscle weakness affecting breathing.
O – Obesity: Excess weight is a significant risk factor for OSA.
R – Reflux (GERD): Gastroesophageal reflux disease can worsen OSA symptoms.
E – Endocrine Disorders: Hypothyroidism and acromegaly may contribute to OSA.
A – Allergies: Allergic rhinitis can lead to nasal congestion, increasing the risk of OSA.
W – Wheezing (Asthma): Asthma can mimic OSA symptoms and coexist with it.
A – Anatomical Abnormalities: Craniofacial anomalies or large tonsils can obstruct the airway.
Y – Youth (Pediatric OSA): Children can also develop OSA, often due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
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