Airway stimulation eases sleep apnoea in teens with Down syndrome: trial

Large multicentre study shows the intervention is most effective in the under 65s and those with severe hypoxaemia: BMJ

Teenagers with Down syndrome and severe sleep apnoea experience significant improvements in sleep and quality of life outcomes when treated with hypoglossal nerve stimulation, US researchers have found.

Results from their small cohort study suggest that the upper airway device is safe and effective in this paediatric setting, with an average reduction in the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) score of five points.

“This is a promising new option for these children and their families,” said first author and