Ulnar nerve entrapment at elbow in obstructive sleep apnea patients: a randomized controlled trial

Topcuoglu O. B. , Oruc O., Afsar G. C. , Sarac S., ULUÇ K.

SLEEP AND BREATHING, vol.21, no.1, pp.45-51, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11325-016-1360-x
  • Title of Journal : SLEEP AND BREATHING
  • Page Numbers: pp.45-51
  • Keywords: Sleep apnea, Ulnar neuropathy, Positional sleep apnea, Ulnar nerve entrapment, Nerve conduction study, Sleeping position, TUNNEL-SYNDROME, CUBITAL TUNNEL, NEUROPATHY, PREVALENCE, SEVERITY, ADULTS, RISK, GUIDELINES, POSITION, HYPOXIA


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a highly prevalent disease. For diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, OSA has been divided into several subgroups. Positional OSA (POSA), the most frequent subgroup (56 %), is described as overall apnea hypopnea index (AHI) 5 and supine AHI at least twice as high when compared to non-supine AHI. We aimed to investigate the frequency of ulnar nerve entrapment neuropathy at the elbow (UNEE) in OSA patients without clinical signs and symptoms of ulnar neuropathy and intended to find if sleeping position in OSA had an impact on UNEE development.