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By: Kevin Asp on December 24th, 2015

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What is Cheyne-Stokes Breathing?

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A sleep technologist's guide to Cheyne-Stokes Breathing


Cheyne–Stokes respiration (named after the physicians who first described the condition) is an abnormal pattern of breathing characterized by progressively deeper and sometimes faster breathing, followed by a gradual decrease that results in an apnea. This type of central sleep apnea is most commonly associated with congestive heart failure or stroke. This condition is characterized by a gradual increase and then decrease in breathing effort and airflow. During the weakest breathing effort, a total lack of airflow (central sleep apnea) can occur.

Learn more about why it matters to sleep technologists most by reading the AAST's Case of The Month article on Cheyne-Stokes Breathing!

By clicking here, you will be able to access Dr. Rosenberg's discussion of a patient with periodic respiratory events, who has loud snoring, witnessed apnea and daytime sleepiness. In which a diagnostic sleep study shows periodic crescendo-decrescendo breathing, but virtually all of the events are at least partly obstructive and Cheyne-Stokes breathing pattern cannot be scored. This module by Dr.Rosenberg also discusses the treatment options for this patient and the practice parameter on treatment of central apnea, making it a technologist must-read!

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