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Understanding doctor ordered oximetry report
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Understanding doctor ordered oximetry report
OSA runs in my family; my son, mother, and brother all have sleep apnea. I suspected that I might have sleep apnea because of my snoring so I talked my doctor into ordering overnight oximetry. I don't have many of the symptoms commonly seen with OSA so my guess was that if I do have OSA i would likely fall into the mild or moderate category. I was shocked when I got the oximetry report back, it was much worse than I had expected. 
Which brings me to my questions.
Some of the O2 desats are much larger drops than I have seen on my family members oximetry reports. Are the desat events where my O2 dropped by 15% or more real, or are they likely artifact? Does it look like there is much artifact in the graphs?


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RE: Understanding doctor ordered oximetry report
Was that with or without CPAP?

I consider that serious DeSats, and it looks like you had several longer than 3 minutes (Not shown, just impression from the whole night chart.)
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RE: Understanding doctor ordered oximetry report
(03-27-2019, 10:20 AM)bonjour Wrote: Was that with or without CPAP?

I consider that serious DeSats, and it looks like you had several longer than 3 minutes (Not shown, just impression from the whole night chart.)


It was without CPAP. I normally visit this forum to ask questions about my son, the equipment listed in my profile is my son's. I have never had a sleep study and don't have a sleep apnea diagnosis. The overnight oximetry got me a referral to sleep medicine, so hopefully they'll order a sleep study for me soon.
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RE: Understanding doctor ordered oximetry report
I'm certain a full PSG sleep study is in your near future. By itself, that oximetry would justify supplemental oxygen. The sleep study is mostly to identify if it is related to sleep apnea or other respiratory problem. Given the seriousness of this level of desaturation, I hope your study is expedited.
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RE: Understanding doctor ordered oximetry report
If your asymptomatic thats great news, it means if you start therapy early you'll benefit even more. On a side note, if you go to a doctor I'd recommend you skip mentioning to him that you don't have any or most of the symptoms. Fill all your questionnaires as 'severe' as possible and answer all sleep quality questions as 'very bad'. Right now getting a full sleep study is your primary concern.
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