When are home sleep tests (HSTs) indicated in patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019
  • Author: Wendy M Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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In patients in whom OSA is suspected based on history and/or physical examination findings, overnight recordings using HST monitors can be used to confirm the diagnosis of OSA.

Although its conclusions are debatable, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends portable monitoring only for patients free of significant comorbid conditions and with a high pretest probability of moderate to severe OSA. [44]

A sample patient intake form used at the Head and Neck Surgery Sleep Clinic at the University of California at San Diego is seen below.

UCSD sleep-disordered breathing intake form. UCSD sleep-disordered breathing intake form.

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