Talking Sleep Season 5 | Episode 18

Management of Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome

Dr. Babak Mokhlesi,GUEST

Obesity hypoventilation syndrome can be challenging to manage. Obtaining the appropriate device for each patient is often complicated by insurance requirements and endless red tape. Previous guidelines have indicated that CPAP may be as effective as bi-level PAP; however, this doesn’t apply to all patients. How can we identify patients who may require more advanced treatment modalities while also ensuring that those treatments do not cause undue financial burden for them? Here to help us understand this better is Dr. Babak Mokhlesi.

Dr. Babak Mokhlesi is the J. Bailey Carter, MD Endowed Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and the Co-director of the Rush Lung Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.  He has clinical and research expertise in the field of sleep-disordered breathing and hypoventilation syndromes. His clinical research program has explored the impact of positive airway pressure therapy on pulmonary hypertension in patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome.