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VOLUME 35, ISSUE 11

PRACTICE PARAMETERS FOR PSG AND MSLT TESTING FOR CHILDREN
Practice Parameters for the Non-Respiratory Indications for Polysomnography and Multiple Sleep Latency Testing for Children

http://dx.doi.org/10.5665/sleep.2190

R. Nisha Aurora, MD1; Carin I. Lamm, MD2; Rochelle S. Zak, MD3; David A. Kristo, MD4; Sabin R. Bista, MD5; James A. Rowley, MD6; Kenneth R. Casey, MD, MPH7

1Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; 2Children's Hospital of NY – Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY; 3Sleep Disorders Center, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco CA; 4University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; 5University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE; 6Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI; 7Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH



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Background:

Although a level 1 nocturnal polysomnogram (PSG) is often used to evaluate children with non-respiratory sleep disorders, there are no published evidence-based practice parameters focused on the pediatric age group. In this report, we present practice parameters for the indications of polysomnography and the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) in the assessment of non-respiratory sleep disorders in children. These practice parameters were reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Methods:

A task force of content experts was appointed by the AASM to review the literature and grade the evidence according to the American Academy of Neurology grading system.

Recommendations For PSG and MSLT Use:

  1. PSG is indicated for children suspected of having periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) for diagnosing PLMD. (STANDARD)

  2. The MSLT, preceded by nocturnal PSG, is indicated in children as part of the evaluation for suspected narcolepsy. (STANDARD)

  3. Children with frequent NREM parasomnias, epilepsy, or nocturnal enuresis should be clinically screened for the presence of comorbid sleep disorders and polysomnography should be performed if there is a suspicion for sleep-disordered breathing or periodic limb movement disorder. (GUIDELINE)

  4. The MSLT, preceded by nocturnal PSG, is indicated in children suspected of having hypersomnia from causes other than narcolepsy to assess excessive sleepiness and to aid in differentiation from narcolepsy. (OPTION)

  5. The polysomnogram using an expanded EEG montage is indicated in children to confirm the diagnosis of an atypical or potentially injurious parasomnia or differentiate a parasomnia from sleep-related epilepsy (OPTION)

  6. Polysomnography is indicated in children suspected of having restless legs syndrome (RLS) who require supportive data for diagnosing RLS. (OPTION)

Recommendations Against PSG Use:

  1. Polysomnography is not routinely indicated for evaluation of children with sleep-related bruxism. (STANDARD)

Conclusions:

The nocturnal polysomnogram and MSLT are useful clinical tools for evaluating pediatric non-respiratory sleep disorders when integrated with the clinical evaluation.

Citation:

Aurora RN; Lamm CI; Zak RS; Kristo DA; Bista SR; Rowley JA; Casey KR. Practice parameters for the non-respiratory indications for polysomnography and multiple sleep latency testing for children. SLEEP 2012;35(11):1467-1473.

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