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Revista Medica Herediana

Print version ISSN 1018-130XOn-line version ISSN 1729-214X


FIGARI, Renzo; NISHIO, Angie; SAONA, Pedro  and  VIZCARRA, Darwin. Snoring frequency in women during the third trimester of pregnancy in a general hospital. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2010, vol.21, n.2, pp.91-96. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objective: To determine the frequency and distribution of snoring during the third trimester of pregnancy in patients hospitalized in a general hospital. Material and Methods: We conducted a cross sectional and descriptive study during September and October of 2004. 295 volunteers of a total of 304 were included. We used three validated questionnaires: Snoring questionnaire, Epworth Sleepiness Scale, Sleeping Quality Test. Additionally, we used the Kushida’s Morphometric Model. Results: The average age was 25,9 ± 1,67 years old with an average gestational age of 39,3 ± 1,55 weeks. We found 44,7% patients with snoring during the third trimester; the frequency of habitual snoring was 10,5%. 23,7% of patients reported having somnolence. Only 0,7% of patients had a positive result in the Kushida’s morphometric model. There was an increased risk of having habitual snoring in patients older than 25 years old. Finally, 13,6% had Pregnancy Induced Hypertension with a 22,5% of them having habitual snoring. Those with habitual snoring had 3 times higher risk of having pregnancy induced hypertension. Conclusions: This study found the same frequency of snoring and habitual snoring as previous studies in pregnant patients during the third trimester. The morphometric model of Kushida is not applicable to our population. There is a relation between habitual snoring and gestational hypertension. (Rev Med Hered 2010;21:91-96).

Keywords : Prevalence; pregnancy; snoring, sleep apnea; obstructive; hypertension pregnancy-induced.

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