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Sleep apnoea and the neurologist
  1. Shuli Cheng1,
  2. Catherine D Stark2,
  3. Richard J Stark1,3
  1. 1 Neurology Department, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2 Neurology Department, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Australia
  3. 3 Department of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Richard Stark, Neurology Department, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, 3004 Victoria, Australia; Richard.stark{at}


There is increasing awareness and interest in the complex and extensive inter-relationships between sleep disorders and neurological disorders. This review focuses on the clinical interactions between obstructive sleep apnoea and stroke, headaches, epilepsy, cognition and idiopathic Parkinson's disease. We highlight to the neurologist the importance of taking a sleep history and considering the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea.


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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the review of literature and preparation of the manuscript and reviewed the entire manuscript.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by Guy Leschziner, London, UK.