Urine Sample Could Help Detect Apnea in Kids

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December 7, 2009

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When doctors look for indicators of obstructive sleep apnea, chronic snoring usually attracts a lot of attention. But some estimate that only about 20 to 30 percent of children who snore actually have sleep apnea. Researchers at the University of Chicago have discovered that a urine sample might be able to tell the difference between a snorer and a child with a serious disorder. According to a study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine , the researchers discovered that proteins found in the urine samples of children with sleep apnea were different than those of children without the disorder. Researchers conclude that further studies are necessary to validate urinary proteome analysis as a screening method for children who habitually snore.