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also ap·noe·a  (ăp′nē-ə, ăp-nē′ə)
Temporary absence or voluntary cessation of breathing.

[New Latin apnoea, from Greek apnoia : a-, without; see a-1 + pnoiā, -pnoia, breathing (from pnein, to breathe; see pneu- in Indo-European roots).]

ap·ne′ic adj. & n.


(æpˈnɪə) or


(Pathology) a temporary inability to breathe
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek apnoia, from a-1 + pnein to breathe]

apnea, apnoea

a temporary interruption in breathing. — apneal, apneic, apnoeal, apnoeic, adj.
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Individuals with excess weight more than 120% of the predicted weight or body mass index more than 25 kg/[m.sup.2] should be evaluated for having obstructive sleep apnoea. Individuals with neck circumference more than 40 cm, narrow nasal or pharyngeal airway, enlarged adenoids and tonsils, deviated nasal septum, macroglossia and micrognathia are susceptible to obstructive sleep apnoea.
For more information contact the British Thoracic Society by visiting www.britthoracic.org.uk or the Sleep Apnoea Trust Association at www.sleep-apnoea-trust.org
"Patients with sleep apnoea can be reluctant to go on holiday because of this, often a patient is sent by a GP because their partner has said 'I cannot bear this' or I'm leaving'."
Determinants affecting health-care utilization in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome patients.
Onset of apnoea Days Frequency Percentage of APNOEA Day 1 20 19.38 Day 2-7 74 77.55 (p value <0.001) Day>7 02 2.04 Table 2.
Pulmonary hypertension in obstructive sleep apnoea. Eur Respir J 1995; 8:537-41.
Surgical correction of nasal obstruction in the treatment of mild sleep apnoea: Importance of cephalometry in predicting outcome.
Health effects of obstructive sleep apnoea and the effectiveness of continuous positive airways pressure: A systematic review of the research evidence.
Use of tonsil size in the evaluation of obstructive sleep apnoea. Arch Dis Child 2002; 87:156-159.
According to the British Thoracic Society (BTS), the watchdog will recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) as a treatment option for adults with moderate or severe sleep apnoea.