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Studies evaluating the association between Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) and
positional sleep apnea are not commonly described and are barely understood.
report a case of a 51-year-old-male with moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
and severe CSA probably secondary to brainstem compression, which responded to
the adoption of strict lateral body posture. The addition of Continuous Positive
Airway Pressure (CPAP) optimally resolved the remaining obstructive respiratory
events. We suggest including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in the work-up
plan of patients with positional CSA.
Keywords: Central Sleep Apnea; Continuous Positive Airway Pressure; Posture; Sleep-Disordered Breathing; Magnetic Resonance Imaging.