STOP-Bang: Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in a Cognitive Disorders Clinic
|Ziso B and Larner AJ*|
|Cognitive Function Clinic, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool, United Kingdom|
|Corresponding Author :||Larner AJ
Cognitive Function Clinic
Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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|Received: October 23, 2015 Accepted: December 14, 2015 Published: December 21, 2015|
|Citation: Larner AJ, Ziso B (2016) STOP-Bang: Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in a Cognitive Disorders Clinic . J Sleep Disord Ther 5:223. doi:10.4172/2167-0277.1000223|
|Copyright: © 2015 Larner AJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
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Study background: Obstructive sleep apnoea may be one of the few reversible causes of cognitive impairment. Hence its reliable identification in patients referred to dedicated cognitive disorders clinics is important.
Method: STOP-Bang, a validated questionnaire for obstructive sleep apnoea, was administered to consecutive new patients attending a dedicated cognitive disorders clinic based in a regional neuroscience centre.
Results: Almost half of those completing the STOP-Bang were screen positive, although on clinical grounds the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea was seldom considered likely; many were diagnosed with other explanations for their cognitive impairment.
Conclusion: STOP-Bang is likely a very sensitive screening instrument which may generate large numbers of false positives in a cognitive disorders clinic, which might have significant service implications for onward referral to sleep disorders clinics.