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CPAP Treats Muscle Cramps in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

http://dx.doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.3806

Andrew J. Westwood, M.D.1; Andrew R. Spector, M.D.2; Sanford H. Auerbach, M.D., F.A.A.S.M.3
1Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY; 2Department of Neurology, Duke University, Durham, NC; 3Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine; Boston, MA

We describe a case series of 4 patients with varying degrees of obstructive sleep apnea who incidentally had a history of nocturnal leg cramps. None of the patients had periodic limb movements during the study and denied symptoms consistent with restless legs syndrome. In 3 of the 4 patients, nocturnal leg cramps resolved with CPAP treatment for OSA, while the fourth patient noted near-resolution of cramping after starting CPAP. In patients presenting with muscle cramps, obstructive sleep apnea should be considered.

Citation:

Westwood AJ, Spector AR, Auerbach SH. CPAP treats muscle cramps in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. J Clin Sleep Med 2014;10(6):691-692.




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