Is there a relation between obstructive sleep apnoea and road accidents? It seems so.

Doctor Ranjini Raghavan, senior consultant surgeon of ENT at Sunrise Hospital on Monday said that obstructive sleep apnoea was characterised by snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, lack of concentration and tiredness. The narrowing of the airway due to deposition of fat in the neck causes decreased oxygen supply to the brain. Long term consequences of the reduced oxygen supply to the brain are higher incidence of diabetes mellitus, elevated blood pressure, heart attacks or strokes. Excessive daytime sleepiness can lead to higher incidence of traffic accidents, said Dr Ranjini. But what makes the disorder dangerous is the delay in detection.Dr Paul Mok, Senior Consultant ENT Surgeon from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore said at the workshop that more than three fourth of the affected individuals go undetected. It had both international and national experts skilled in the surgical management of OSA demonstrating their expertise, said a press release.

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