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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can Inflammatory Bowel Disease cause sleep apnea?

    can UC or Crohns be causes for someone to have sleep apnea?
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    Dr Maree Barnes

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Dr Barnes has competed specialty training in sleep medicine and is currently working at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. Dr Barnes’ current research focuses are: … View Profile

    There is no direct link between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease and sleep apnoea. However both conditions are linked to inflammation, so there may a more indirect cause. For those with sleep apnoea, the most common risk factor is obesity.

  • Anonymous

    it is just interesting I know a lot of people with IBD ie UC and Crohns who have breathing and sleeping difficulties me being one of them, so are you saying that the inflamation of IBD may cause sleep apnea? or symptoms similar to this condition.  would loosing weight also stop a person from having sleep apnea? 

    How can one be tested for this condition

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