A comparison of polysomnography and the WatchPAT in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea

Kenny P. Pang, Christine G. Gourin, David J. Terris

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Objective: Our goal was to validate the WatchPAT in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. Study Design: We conducted a prospective, blinded, nonrandomized clinical trial. Methods: Patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnea scheduled for an overnight level I polysomnogram were offered enrollment in a study to compare the WatchPAT (Itamar Ltd, Israel) device with polysomnography. Patients wore the WatchPAT device simultaneously while undergoing polysomnography during evaluation in the sleep lab. Results: Thirty-seven patients participated in the study. They had a mean age of 50.1 years (range, 31-73 years) and mean body mass index of 34.6 kg/m2 (range, 21.2-46.8 kg/m2). There was high correlation between the polysomnogram and WatchPAT apnea-hypopnea index (r = 0.9288; 95% confidence interval = 0.8579-0.9650, P < 0.0001). The lowest oxygen saturation also showed high correlation (r = 0.989; 95% confidence interval = 0.9773-0.9947, P < 0.0001). The overall polysomnogram and WatchPAT sleep times revealed a correlation of r = 0.5815 (P = 0.005). Conclusion: The WatchPAT showed a high correlation with the polysomnogram in apnea-hypopnea index, lowest oxygen saturation, and sleep time. Significance: It's use as a reliable tool in the diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-668
Number of pages4
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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