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Sleep Disorders

06 October 2010

Apnoea mask may alter the face

The breathing masks often prescribed to treat sleep apnoea can subtly alter the shape of a patient's face with prolonged use, a new study suggests.

The breathing masks often prescribed to treat sleep apnoea can subtly alter the shape of a patient's face with prolonged use, a new study suggests.

The authors point out that CPAP therapy is the first line of therapy for most patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea, which is characterised by an upper airway narrowing that blocks airflow and, in turn, prompts continual sleep disruption.

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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