“Providers should have a low threshold to screen for and treat OSA in persons with Down syndrome living at higher elevations,” Kristin M. Jensen, MD, MSc told Healio.com/Allergy. 

Jensen and colleagues merged the 2009 Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID) with ZIP code-linked elevation data to analyze differences in the proportion of pediatric hospitalizations involving OSA, pneumonia and congenital heart disease (CHD) in patients with and without DS.