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Is sleep apnea a symptom or side effect of multiple sclerosis?

Question Date: 8/23/2012


Thank you for your inquiry. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is more common in the MS population as compared to the general population. Some people with MS who have OSA do not fit the typical profile of who we think of as having this sleep condition. Typically, when we think of OSA, we think of a middle-aged male who is likely overweight. In MS, this may not be the case. In the MS community, we do see younger people, women and people of normal body weight with OSA. Sleep disorders are importatnt to watch for in the person with MS as they can contribute to fatigue and put the person at risk for other long-term health problems.

Answer Date: 8/23/2012


Dr. Ben Thrower


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