Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Medical Factors That Help and Hinder Memory?

Mary L. Windle, PharmD; Zab Mosenifar, MD; Asim Tarabar, MD

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February 18, 2015

EDS is one of the most common and difficult symptoms that clinicians treat in patients with OSA. It is one of the most debilitating symptoms because it reduces quality of life, impairs daytime performance, and causes neurocognitive deficits (eg, memory deficits).

Partly because of their EDS, patients with OSA have substantially impaired daytime functioning, intellectual capacity, memory, psychomotor vigilance (decreased attention and concentration), and motor coordination. Causes include both sleep fragmentation and hypoxemia due to OSA. It is conceivable that these neurocognitive deficits could be reversed with continuous positive airway pressure. In one study, OSA patients showed an overrecruitment of brain regions compared with controls, in the presence of the same level of performance on a working-memory task.

For more on the clinical presentation of OSA, read here.

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