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The interpretation of overnight oximetry tracings
  1. Alexandra Hardisty1,
  2. Rob Primhak2
  1. 1Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK
  2. 2Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alexandra Hardisty, 5 Cliff Lane, Leeds LS6 2DS, UK; alexandrahardisty{at}

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Overnight oximetry is a frequently requested test in respiratory paediatrics, most commonly used to assess the need for home oxygen or to investigate suspected obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Guidelines for home oxygen use in children have recently been published.1 The Royal College of Anaesthetists has also produced a consensus statement on adenotonsillectomy in sleep-related breathing disorders.2 However, no guidelines are available for the interpretation of oximetry recordings, …

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