Obesity hypoventilation – also known as Pickwickian syndrome – is a breathing disorder that affects some people with obesity and obstructive sleep apnea. Obesity hypoventilation (OHS) occurs when there is too much carbon dioxide (hypoventilation) and too little oxygen (hypoxemia) in the blood. The cause of OHS is not fully understood.
Symptoms of OHS result from lack of sleep, and may include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Poor sleep quality
- Sleep apnea
When left untreated, OHS can lead to serious complications, including leg edema (swelling), pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure), and can even be life-threatening.
Why Choose UHealth?
Regional leaders in sleep medicine and sleep surgery. As a fully accredited comprehensive sleep center, our program meets and exceeds the rigorous standards set by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. This designation recognizes our facility, services, and providers for the highest commitment to safety and quality care.
Experts who recognize and treat all forms of sleep-disordered breathing problems. We understand how breathing problems can progress from snoring during childhood to upper airway resistance and obstructive sleep apnea during adulthood. This means we recognize and treat symptoms early, so you get the right care for your specific condition.
Innovative non-surgical and surgical therapies for obstructive sleep apnea. We offer comprehensive therapies to treat obstructive sleep apnea, including myofunctional therapy, minimally invasive upper airway stimulation, and endoscopic sinus surgery. You have access to a variety of treatments all in one place.
Sleep studies offered 24/7 in a state-of-the-art sleep center. You can rest assured that you receive the most advanced care available. Sleep studies and tests are conducted in a modern, comfortable center that includes the latest technology and a friendly, knowledgeable staff.