- Patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) are more likely to develop Barrett's oesophagus (BO).
Why this matters
- Severe OSA may indicate the need for endoscopic BO screening, in addition to risk factors specified in current guidelines (white, male, ≥50 years old, gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD] symptoms for >10 years).
- Researchers analysed the health records of patients who underwent both polysomnography and oesophagogastroduodenoscopy (n=1091; 60.9% female; mean age, 53.5±12.2 years).
- Funding: None.
- Patients with OSA had a greater risk for BO that was independent of other risk factors (OR, 3.24; 95% CI, 1.71-6.81; P<.001>
- This risk increased with OSA severity, measured in 10-point apnoea-hypopnoea index increments (OR, 1.10; 95% CI, 1.02-1.19).
- The study was retrospective and single-centre.