What is the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and motor vehicle accidents?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Many studies have identified a relationship between OSA and motor vehicle accidents. Patients with OSA have been reported to be 2-7 times as likely as control individuals to have a motor vehicle crash; the overall estimated risk was 2.5 in a meta-analysis of 6 studies. [58] Many studies indicate that motor vehicle accidents are more common in patients with severe OSA (generally, AHI >30), [59, 60] but this is not a universal finding. [61]


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