Adhd-like symptoms in children affected by obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: A case-control study

Lucia Parisi, Agata Maltese, Margherita Salerno, Michele Roccella, Giovanni Messina, Maria Ruberto, Francesco Precenzano, Ilaria D'Alessandro, Gennaro Visco, Rosaria Martina Magliulo, Immacolata Della Valle, Giovanni Messina

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Introduction: ADHD is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or a combination of these symptoms. Sleep disorders may be considered as a not secondary underlying cause of ADHD and growing evidence evidenced that obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA) symptoms may overlap ADHD's ones. Aim of the present study is verifying the presence of ADHD-like symptoms in other frequent condition such as sleep-related breathing disorders in pediatric age. Materials and methods: 34 children (19 males and 15 females) aged 6-10 years (mean age 9.706 ± 3.434) with polysomnographic diagnosis of OSA, according to ICSD-3 criteria, were recruited. Control group was composed by 89 typical developing children (47 males, 42 females) (mean age 9,528 ± 3,351). The Conners' Rating Scale- Revised (CRS-R) test was administered to mothers to assess their children's behavior. Results: The two groups are comparable for age (p = 0.794) and sex distribution (p = 0.918). Subjects affected by OSA present higher scores in pathological range in all scales of CRS-R than controls (Table 1). Conclusions: Scientific and clinical evidences tend to stress the similarities between ADHD and OSA effects/comorbidities in pediatric age, suggesting sleep screening as mandatory before starting stimulant drugs treatment.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1755-1759
Numero di pagine5
RivistaActa Medica Mediterranea
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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