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Screening algorithm safely selects patients for OSA treatment before bariatric surgery

Key clinical point: The algorithm effectively stratified patients for the risk of postoperative adverse events and safely selected patients who don’t need CPAP before bariatric surgery.

Major finding: Cardiac arrhythmia occurred more frequently in the OSA-treated group (2.4%) and the OSA/hypoventilation patients (11%) than in the other groups (0.5%-0.6%).

Study details: The analysis covered 1,103 patients: 447 controls (40.8%), 358 untreated (32.7%), 289 treated for OSA (26.4%), and 9 (0.8%) treated for OSA + hypoventilation.


Dr. Series and Dr. Ioachimescu reported no relevant disclosures.