Sleep-Disordered Breathing and CPAP Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Feb 13, 2020
  • Author: Vittorio Rinaldi, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

The differential diagnosis of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) includes the following:

  • Simple snoring
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA)
  • Other disorders that cause daytime sleepiness (eg, insufficient sleep, a circadian-rhythm abnormality, narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder).