- Patients with psoriasis were at a much higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Why this matters
- Psoriasis may be an independent risk factor for OSA.
- The researchers conducted a case-controlled study of 253 consecutive in-hospital patients with OSA (200 men) at a single institution in Greece. They were compared with 104 control participants from the same hospital who came for an annual checkup.
- Funding: None.
- Patients with psoriasis had a greatly increased risk for OSA (OR, 13.31; P=.04).
- There was no association between presence of psoriasis and severity of OSA.
- The study cannot prove causation.