Diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep-disordered breathing in childhood

Chairs: S. Verhulst & A. Kaditis

There is currently no consensus for the diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in childhood. Pediatric OSA differs in many aspects from the disease faced in adults.

Moreover, it has specific causes and consequences in different paediatric age groups. It is associated with possible severe consequences on neurocognitive, behavioural, cardiovascular and metabolic factors and therefore a correct diagnosis and treatment is mandatory. Although guidelines have been published, these are outdated, do not cover the entire spectrum of paediatric OSA and do not take into account the variety of available diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities in different countries. Finally, there is limited consensus on the diagnosis and treatment of a child with OSA between different specialities for instance paediatric sleep and ENT physicians.

The aim of this Task Force will be to develop a Statement on the diagnosis and management of paediatric OSA over the entire paediatric age range and the whole spectrum of paediatric OSA while taking into account the available diagnostic facilities and treatment policies in different European countries.