Causes of cpap failure: A practical sleep lab perspective

One of the most perplexing issues in the management of obstructive sleep apnoea is the patient who is diagnosed with the condition by polysomnography, put onto CPAP (or AutoPAP), and yet does not respond to treatment. Because obstructive sleep apnoea carries such major health risks, it is essential that the treatment be effective. It is never good enough to just shrug one’s shoulders, or to give a stimulant to keep them awake. The cardiac (and other) damage continues to accumulate, and the general health of the patient will not be helped in any way. The cause(s) must be found and dealt with.

Spinal cord neuromodulation for chronic pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines neuropathic pain (NP) as that which is caused by a disorder originating from the somatosensory (peripheral and/or central) nervous system. Between 7–10% of people are impacted by pain of this nature worldwide, with the majority being in the age(s) of 50 and above.

Cognitive impairment, neuropsychiatry and the law: An understanding of curatorship and power of attorney

Cognitive impairment in neuropsychiatric conditions can result from a broad range of aetiologies. Legal mechanisms exist to assist in protecting patient’s best interests in cases where function is impaired. An approach to cognitive compromise that warrants legal intervention is addressed in order to enhance patient care and provide support for families and caregivers.


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Neuron SA - Vol 15 No 2 - Issue 48 - 2022