DOI: 10.1177/03000605231193924 ISSN:

Successful treatment of auto-trilevel positive airway pressure plus trazodone for obstructive sleep apnea complicated by anxiety disorder: a case report

Xing He, Qin Lang, Zong-Min Pei, Hai-Ying Yan
  • Biochemistry (medical)
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • General Medicine

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a highly prevalent type of sleep-disordered breathing, which is often comorbid with affective disorders such as anxiety. A 61-year-old woman who was diagnosed with OSA affected by anxiety disorder complained of poor sleep quality at night and anxiety symptoms, and showed chest tightness, dyspnea, snoring, and apnea events during sleep. The patient initially received treatment with positive airway pressure (PAP) combined with trazodone, and subsequently switched to auto-trilevel PAP (AtPAP) combined with trazodone therapy. The initial attempt to treat the patient’s disease by auto-adjusting PAP combined with trazodone failed because of central sleep apnea (CSA), which frequently occurred at night. After switching to AtPAP combined with trazodone therapy, CSA was effectively eliminated. In addition, sleep quality, hypoxia, and anxiety disorders were improved. The first report of successful therapy of AtPAP combined with trazodone for OSA complicated by anxiety disorder provides a new therapeutic strategy for this patient population.

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