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Revista Medica Herediana

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REY DE CASTRO, Jorge  and  ROSALES-MAYOR, Edmundo. Simplified studies value for screening sleep breathing disorders in Peruvian miners. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.4, pp.244-246. ISSN 1018-130X.

The Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a risk factor for driving accidents. In this report, we present two case-series of drivers (Group A of 39 and Group B of 14 drivers) who work in mining centers at highlands in Peru. Conventional polysommography (PSG-C) at sea level was performed. Diagnosis of OSA was found in 17 (43%) of Group A and 1 (7%) in Group B, respectively. The prevalence of sleep disorders in this population in unknown. Given the high cost of implementing PSG-C, it is therefore necessary to implement less expensive and simplified methods to screen for sleep disorders in mining settings.

Keywords : Obstructive sleep apnea; polysomnography; mining; occupational health; traffic accidents; sleep stages.

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