Study: Test Down syndrome children

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

CINCINNATI - Young children with Down syndrome have a high incidence of obstructive sleep apnea, but their parents are ill equipped to detect the disorder, according to a recent journal article. As a result, researchers recommend baseline polysomnograms for children ages 3 to 4. After performing PSGs on 56 children between four and 63 months of age, researchers found that 57% of the children had abnormal results and evidence of OSA. Using an elevated arousal index associated with increased difficult in breathing, 80% of the children had abnormal results. In a questionnaire prior to testing, 69% of parents reported no sleep problems in their children, according to the April issue of Archives of Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery.

Researchers conducted the study over five years.