Usefulness of Home Overnight Pulse Oximetry in Patients with Suspected Sleep-Disordered Breathing.

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Prospective study conducted in a university hospital. Subjects with a clinical suspicion of SAHS were included. All of them underwent home polygraphy and oximetry on the same night. A correlation was made between the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and the oximetry variables. The variable with the highest diagnostic value was calculated using the area under the curve (AUC), and the best cut-off point for discriminating between patients with SAHS and severe SAHS was identified. One hundred and four subjects were included; 73 were men (70%); mean age was 52 ± 10.1 years; body mass index was 30 ± 4.1, and AHI = 29 ± 23.2/h. A correlation was observed between the AHI and oximetry variables, particularly ODI3 (r = 0.850; P Nocturnal oximetry is useful for diagnosing and evaluating the severity of SAHS. The ODI4 variable was most closely correlated with AHI for both diagnosis.
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