Dr. Sherri Katz, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, ON

This presentation will highlight the unique features of sleep disordered breathing in children with obesity. Pathophysiology and the relative merits of different diagnostic testing strategies will be reviewed. Co-morbidities of sleep disordered breathing in children with obesity and outcomes of treatment with non-invasive ventilation will be discussed, particularly focusing on data from a recent Canadian multicenter prospective cohort study in this population.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • discuss the relative merits of different diagnostic tests for sleep disordered breathing in children with obesity;
  • recognize associated co-morbidities of obesity and concurrent OSA in childhood; and
  • review outcomes of noninvasive ventilation in children with obesity and obstructive sleep apnea, focusing on results of recent Canadian studies.