Current Knowledge/Study Rationale: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) afflicts millions of children and leads to disrupted sleep as well as cognitive, behavioral, and developmental disturbances. In-laboratory polysomnography (PSG) is the standard test for diagnosing OSA. In pediatric patients, because of limited availability and access to PSG, there can be significant delays in the diagnosis and management of OSA. This highlights the urgent need for alternative diagnostic methods validated for use in pediatric patients.
Study Impact: This is the first study to systematically evaluate the MediByte, a portable sleep monitor, in relation to PSG in pediatric patients. Using portable sleep monitors may improve early detection and intervention for pediatric OSA, which can minimize progressive associated comorbidities.