MOSCOW, September 12 (Itar-Tass) — A master-class on sleep-disordered breathing is to be held in Russia for the first time on the basis of the First Moscow State Medical University (MSMU) named after I. M. Sechenov.
An organizing committee offficial has told Itar-Tass that Professor Eugene Kern (Buffalo, USA), one of the best specialists in this field, whose works are known worldwide, will be an honorary guest and a lecturer on the subject.
"The leading Russian specialists from the Otolaringology Clinic of University Clinical Hospital 1 of MSMU, in conjunction with the Russian Rhinology Society, are to broadcast live, in a master-class format, diagnostic procedures and operations in connection with snore and the obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and will acquaint viewers with the basic techniques for diagnosis and estimate of the degree of gravity of sleep-disordered breathing in virtual somnology laboratory conditions, and many other things," specialists related.
Every fifth person upon reaching the age of 30 constantly snores in sleep. Physicians maintain that "the intensity of snore increases with age". Twenty percent of men and five percent of women snore at the age of 30-35 and 60 percent and 40 percent, respectively, snore at the age of 60.
It is known that this disorder is comparable with bronchial asthma and that its incidence is twice as great as that of gout, for exsmple. OSA is a rather serious and potentially lethal disorder. "At the same time, our country does not have available any methodic manual or any established recommendations for a surgical treatment of snore and OSA," medics lament.
On the strength of the master-class, medics will be able to see the most effective ways to treat such pathology with due regard for ailments that a patient suffers from.