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The Effect of CPAP Withdrawal on Exhaled Breath in Obstructive Sleep Apnea – A Randomized Controlled Trial

The Effect of CPAP Withdrawal on Exhaled Breath in Obstructive Sleep Apnea – A Randomized Controlled Trial

E. I Schwarz, P. M-L Sinues, L. Bregy, T. Gaisl, D. Garcia-Gomez, M. T. Gaugg, Y. Suter, N. Stebler, Y. Nussbaumer-Ochsner, K. E. Bloch, J. R. Stradling, R. Zenobi, M. Kohler

Patients with OSA effectively treated with CPAP were randomised to either withdraw treatment or continue CPAP for 2 weeks. Exhaled breath analysis and research by untargeted SESI-MS was performed at baseline and 2 weeks after randomisation. CPAP withdrawal led to a recurrence of OSA, which was accompanied by a significant change in 16 identified metabolites.