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Review: screening tests are not as accurate as overnight polysomnography for the diagnosis of adult sleep apnoea

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 QUESTION: How do the accuracies of diagnostic and screening tests (radiological imaging, laboratory assays, partial night polysomnography [PSG], daytime PSG, reduced channel PSG, and clinical signs and symptoms) compare with overnight sleep laboratory PSG for identifying sleep apnoea in adults?

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Studies were identified by searching Medline (1980 to November 1997) and Current Contents (1997) using the terms sleep apnoea syndrome; monitoring, physiologic; airway resistance; and index. Bibliographies were scanned.

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English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian language studies were selected if a diagnostic test or intervention was used to support a diagnosis of sleep apnoea and ≥10 adults with any …

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