Psychosis in sleep apnoea.

 1989 Dec;23(4):571-3.

Abstract

A 30-year-old man presenting with intellectual impairment and recurrent psychotic episodes was subsequently found to have suffered from a chronically untreated obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome. Polysomnography revealed sleep fragmentation, slow wave sleep deprivation and abnormal arterial oxygen desaturation. Tonsillectomy led to complete resolution of sleep apnoea and remission of psychosis at 2 years’ follow-up, but his apparent intellectual impairment persisted. The limited literature on psychosis associated with sleep apnoea is briefly reviewed.

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