The World Trade Center Health Program: Obstructive sleep apnea best practices

Iris G. Udasin, Jag Sunderram, Geoffrey Calvert

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The events of September 11, 2001 exposed nearly half a million community residents and workers engaged in rescue and recovery and clean-up to dust, debris and toxic chemicals, as well as psychologic and physical stressors. Early studies showed an excess of aerodigestive diseases including rhinosinusitis and gastroesophageal reflux. Several studies of World Trade Center (WTC) responders report an excess of obstructive sleep apnea among patients who developed new onset or worsening chronic rhinosinusitis. High quality clinical diagnostic and treatment guidelines are available from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense. For enrolled members, the WTC program covers diagnostic evaluation and treatment for sleep apnea in members diagnosed with WTC-related upper and lower respiratory disease and gastroesophageal reflux.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-243
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Environmental and Occupational Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Toxicology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


  • Occupational diseases
  • adults
  • respiratory diseases
  • workers


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