CPAP treats muscle cramps in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We describe a case series of 4 patients with varying degrees of obstructive sleep apnea who incidentally had a history of nocturnal leg cramps. None of the patients had periodic limb movements during the study and denied symptoms consistent with restless legs syndrome. In 3 of the 4 patients, nocturnal leg cramps resolved with CPAP treatment for OSA, while the fourth patient noted near-resolution of cramping after starting CPAP. In patients presenting with muscle cramps, obstructive sleep apnea should be considered.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Westwood, AJ; Spector, AR; Auerbach, SH

Published Date

  • June 15, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 691 - 692

PubMed ID

  • 24932152

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4031413

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-9397

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5664/jcsm.3806


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States