M.D. Ph.D., special focus on obstructive sleep apnea, originally from the Netherlands, now working at Stanford as post-doctoral scholar at the sleep surgery department

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  • International consensus statement on obstructive sleep apnea. International forum of allergy & rhinology Chang, J. L., Goldberg, A. N., Alt, J. A., Ashbrook, L., Auckley, D., Ayappa, I., Bakhtiar, H., Barrera, J. E., Bartley, B. L., Billings, M. E., Boon, M. S., Bosschieter, P., Braverman, I., Brodie, K., Cabrera-Muffly, C., Caesar, R., Cahali, M. B., Cai, Y., Cao, M., Capasso, R., Caples, S. M., Chahine, L. M., Chang, C. P., Chang, K. W., Chaudhary, N., Cheong, C. S., Chowdhuri, S., Cistulli, P. A., Claman, D., Collen, J., Coughlin, K., Creamer, J., Davis, E. M., Dupuy-McCauley, K. L., Durr, M. L., Dutt, M., Ali, M. E., Elkassabany, N. M., Epstein, L. J., Fiala, J. A., Freedman, N., Gill, K., Gillespie, M. B., Golisch, L., Gooneratne, N., Gottlieb, D. J., Green, K. K., Gulati, A., Gurubhagavatula, I., Hayward, N., Hoff, P. T., Hoffmann, O. M., Holfinger, S. J., Hsia, J., Huntley, C., Huoh, K. C., Huyett, P., Inala, S., Ishman, S., Jella, T. K., Jobanputra, A. M., Johnson, A. P., Junna, M. R., Kado, J. T., Kaffenberger, T. M., Kapur, V. K., Kezirian, E. J., Khan, M., Kirsch, D. B., Kominsky, A., Kryger, M., Krystal, A. D., Kushida, C. A., Kuzniar, T. J., Lam, D. J., Lettieri, C. J., Lim, D. C., Lin, H., Liu, S. Y., MacKay, S. G., Magalang, U. J., Malhotra, A., Maurer, J. T., May, A. M., Mitchell, R. B., Mokhlesi, B., Mullins, A. E., Nada, E. M., Naik, S., Nokes, B., Olson, M. D., Pack, A. I., Pang, E. B., Pang, K. P., Patil, S. P., de Perck, E. V., Piccirillo, J. F., Pien, G. W., Piper, A. J., Plawecki, A., Quigg, M., Ravesloot, M. J., Redline, S., Rotenberg, B. W., Ryden, A., Sarmiento, K. F., Sbeih, F., Schell, A. E., Schmickl, C. N., Schotland, H. M., Schwab, R. J., Seo, J., Shah, N., Shelgikar, A. V., Shochat, I., Soose, R. J., Steele, T. O., Stephens, E., Stepnowsky, C., Strohl, K. P., Sutherland, K., Suurna, M. V., Thaler, E., Thapa, S., Vanderveken, O. M., de Vries, N., Weaver, E. M., Weir, I. D., Wolfe, L. F., Woodson, B. T., Won, C. H., Xu, J., Yalamanchi, P., Yaremchuk, K., Yeghiazarians, Y., Yu, J. L., Zeidler, M., Rosen, I. M. 2022


    BACKGROUND: Evaluation and interpretation of the literature on obstructive sleep apnea is needed to consolidate and summarize key factors important for clinical management of the OSA adult patient. Toward this goal, an international collaborative of multidisciplinary experts in sleep apnea evaluation and treatment have produced the International Consensus statement on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (ICS:OSA).METHODS: Using previously defined methodology, focal topics in OSA were assigned as literature review (LR), evidence-based review (EBR), or evidence-based review with recommendations (EBR-R) formats. Each topic incorporated the available and relevant evidence which was summarized and graded on study quality. Each topic and section underwent iterative review and the ICS:OSA was created and reviewed by all authors for consensus.RESULTS: The ICS:OSA addresses OSA syndrome definitions, pathophysiology, epidemiology, risk factors for disease, screening methods, diagnostic testing types, multiple treatment modalities, and effects of OSA and treatment on the multiple comorbidities. Specific focus on outcomes with positive airway pressure (PAP) and surgical treatments were evaluated.CONCLUSION: This review of the literature in OSA consolidates the available knowledge and identifies the limitations of the current evidence. This effort aims to highlight the basis of OSA evidence-based practice and identify future research needs. Knowledge gaps and opportunities for improvement include improving the metrics of OSA disease, determining the optimal OSA screening paradigms, developing strategies for PAP adherence and longitudinal care, enhancing selection of PAP alternatives and surgery, understanding health risk outcomes, and translating evidence into individualized approaches to therapy. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/alr.23079

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  • Increased plasma ANGPTL7 levels with increased obstructive sleep apnea severity FRONTIERS IN ENDOCRINOLOGY Leentjens, M., Alterki, A., Abu-Farha, M., Bosschieter, P. N., de Raaff, C. A., de Vries, C. E., Al Shawaf, E., Thanaraj, T., Al-Khairi, I., Cherian, P., Channanath, A., Kavalakatt, S., van Wagensveld, B. A., de Vries, N., Abubaker, J. 2022; 13: 922425


    Weight-loss surgery is one of the recommended methods for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in obese patients. While weight reduction is critical to relieve symptoms of OSA, the biochemical factors involved in post-surgery improvement are still unknown. We aimed to explore the link between ANGPTL7 and OSA in patients with different OSA severity. Furthermore, we examined the effect of treating OSA with bariatric surgery on ANGPTL7 level.We quantified levels of circulating ANGPTL7 in fasting plasma and adipose tissue samples of 88 participants before and after bariatric surgery. Confocal microscopy analyses were also performed to assess the ANGPTL7 expression in subcutaneous white adipose tissue biopsies obtained from people with moderate-to-severe OSA compared to those with none or mild OSA. The study involved 57 individuals with none or mild OSA and 31 patients with moderate-to-severe OSA.Levels of circulating ANGPTL7 were significantly higher in people with moderate-to-severe OSA (1440 ± 1310 pg/ml) compared to the none or mild OSA group (734 ± 904 pg/ml, p = 0.01). The increase in ANGPTL7 correlated significantly and positively with the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI, r = .226, p = .037), and AHI-supine (r = .266, p = .019) in participants with moderate-to-severe OSA. Multivariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated an association between ANGPTL7 and OSA severity (log2 ANGPTL7; OR =1.24, p = 0.024). ANGPTL7 levels exhibited significant positive correlations with the levels of TG and oxLDL (p-value = 0.002 and 0.01 respectively). Bariatric surgery reduced the levels of both ANGPTL7 and AHI significantly.Here we report significantly increased levels of ANGPTL7 both in the circulation and in adipose tissue of patients with OSA, which concurred with increased inflammation and OSA severity. Levels of ANGPTL7 decreased significantly as OSA showed a significant improvement post-surgery supporting a potential role for ANGPTL7 in either OSA progression or a role in an OSA-related mechanism.

    View details for DOI 10.3389/fendo.2022.922425

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  • An interim oral appliance as a screening tool during drug-induced sleep endoscopy to predict treatment success with a mandibular advancement device for obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep & breathing = Schlaf & Atmung Bosschieter, P. F., Venema, J. A., Vonk, P. E., Ravesloot, M. J., Vanhommerig, J. W., Hoekema, A., Plooij, J. M., Lobbezoo, F., de Vries, N. 2022


    PURPOSE: Previous studies have shown a wide range of efficacy (29 to 71%) of a mandibular advancement device (MAD) in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Currently, the ability to preselect suitable patients for MAD therapy based on individual characteristics related to upper airway collapsibility is limited. We investigated if the use of non-custom interim MAD during drug-induced sleep endoscopy (DISE) could be a valuable screening tool to predict MAD treatment outcome.METHODS: In a single-center prospective study including a consecutive series of patients with OSA, we compared DISE outcomes with a MAD in situ with polysomnography results after 3months of using the same MAD that was used during DISE.RESULTS: Of 41 patients whocompleted the study, the median apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was 16.0 events/h [IQR 7.4-23.4]. Respiratory outcomes on polysomnography, including apnea index (AI), total AHI, AHI in supine position, and oxygen desaturation index, all significantly improved after 3months of MAD treatment. With complete improvement of the upper airway obstruction with the MAD in situ during DISE in supine position, patients were 6.3 times more likely to be a responder to MAD treatment compared to patients with a persisting complete obstruction, although not statisticallysignificant (OR 6.3; 95%CI 0.9-42.7; p=0.060).CONCLUSION: The potential predictive value with regard to MAD therapy outcomes of the use of an interim MAD during DISE would be an important finding, since the prediction of MAD therapy outcome is of great clinical and scientific interest. A study with a larger cohort should be performed to further investigate our findings.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11325-022-02689-w

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  • Position-dependent obstructive sleep apnea and its influence on treatment success of mandibular advancement devices SLEEP AND BREATHING Bosschieter, P. N., Vonk, P. E., de Vries, N., Ravesloot, M. L. 2022; 26 (3): 1237-1243


    Depending on the severity of pre-treatment obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the criteria used to define treatment success, the efficacy of mandibular advancement devices (MADs) ranges from 30 to 69%. Identifying suitable candidates is the key to increasing the efficacy of a MAD. Positive predictors include a low body mass index, a low apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), and low age. Another consideration is whether or not a patient's OSA is position dependent. To evaluate the effect of such dependency on MAD treatment success, we studied the following: treatment success across the patient's total AHI and in the supine and non-supine sleeping positions; the influence of pre-treatment position dependency on MAD treatment success; and the effect of MAD treatment on post-treatment shifts in position dependency.This is a single-center retrospective study of patients with OSA. Patients were diagnosed through an overnight polysomnography and treated with a MAD between February 2015 and January 2018. They were defined as being positional if the AHI in supine sleeping position was at least twice as high as in the non-supine position.Complete treatment success was achieved in 32% of study population (n = 96) and partial success in 54%. Complete treatment success was significantly higher (p = 0.004) when a patient was sleeping in the non-supine position. Treatment success did not differ significantly between patients who were position dependent and those who were not. When treated with a MAD, patients did not spend significantly more time in supine position. Neither did we find any post-treatment shifts in position dependency.A MAD is an effective treatment modality that may significantly reduce the total AHI, supine, and non-supine AHI. Since position dependency has no impact on MAD treatment success, it does not determine whether or not a patient is a suitable candidate for MAD treatment.

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  • The predictive value of drug-induced sleep endoscopy for treatment success with a mandibular advancement device or positional therapy for patients with obstructive sleep apnea SLEEP AND BREATHING Bosschieter, P. N., Vonk, P. E., de Vries, N. 2022; 26 (3): 1153-1160


    As drug-induced sleep endoscopy (DISE) can provide additional diagnostic information on collapse patterns of the upper-airway, it is widely used in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Although more controversial, DISE may also predict the success of treatment with a mandibular advancement device (MAD) and/or positional therapy (PT). In 2018, we proposed a prediction model to investigate the predictive value of passive maneuvers during DISE - such as jaw thrust and changes in body position - on upper-airway patency. Based on the outcomes of various studies, we then adjusted our DISE protocol to better mimic the effect of a MAD, PT, or a combination of both. The aim of this study was to verify whether or not our adjustments would increase the value of DISE as a selection tool.This single-center retrospective cohort study involved a consecutive series of patients with OSA. Patients were included if a DISE had been performed in supine and non-supine sleeping position and with and without a boil-and-bite MAD in situ between December 2018 and February 2020. The VOTE scoring system was used to evaluate the obstruction at four levels of the upper-airway.Among 94 patients included. the median apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was 16.2 (events/h). As a temporary MAD during DISE reduced obstruction by 54% and jaw thrust by 57%, both mimicked the effect of the custom-made MADs referred to in the literature, which reduces the AHI by 60%. Head-and-trunk rotation reduced obstruction by 55% and thus mimicked the effect of PT, which is known to reduce the AHI by 50%.A jaw thrust, a temporary MAD, and head-and-trunk rotation during DISE all seem to mimic the treatment effects of MAD and PT. These findings may be of added value when choosing OSA treatment. To prove the predictive value of these maneuvers during DISE, a prospective study should be performed.

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