John Libbey Eurotext

Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

Neuropsychological correlates of obstructive sleep apnea severity in patients with epilepsy Volume 21, issue 1, February 2019

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Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
* Correspondence: Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 60 Fenwood Road, Boston, MA 02115, USA
  • Key words: epilepsy, polysomnography, obstructive sleep apnea, neuropsychology, cognition
  • DOI : 10.1684/epd.2019.1029
  • Page(s) : 78-86
  • Published in: 2019

Aims

Obstructive sleep apnea affects up to 30% of patients with epilepsy. As obstructive sleep apnea represents a clinical risk factor for cognitive deficits, its occurrence in epilepsy patients may exacerbate cognitive deficits associated with this condition. However, the cognitive burden of obstructive sleep apnea in epilepsy remains poorly understood. We conducted a retrospective record review of adults with epilepsy who underwent a polysomnography and a neuropsychological assessment at Brigham and Women's Hospital.