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Weight gain in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) on Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy – Myth or Reality?

Pavan Yadav

Keywords : Obstructive Sleep apnea, Continuous positive airway pressure, Leptin, Body mass index.

Citation Information : Yadav P. Weight gain in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) on Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy – Myth or Reality?. Indian Sleep Med 2013; 8 (4):164-166.

DOI: 10.5958/0974-0155.2014.01095.X

License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-03-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


Obesity is recognized as one of the predominant risk factor for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Even moderate reduction in weight and body mass index (BMI) could reduce the severity of OSA and is recommended as part of comprehensive therapeutic approach in patients who are prescribed Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy. However, this remains a challenge for most patients and some may even report weight gain. In this article, we report a case history highlighting weight gain while on PAP therapy and review the literature on this phenomenon.

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