Between 6% and 10% of the Spanish population suffers from SAHS, which means their upper airway is blocked for periods of time while resting. Plus, an estimated 90% of these cases go undiagnosed.
In fact, this condition has a “substantial” impact on family life and increases the patient’s chances of having an accident at work or on the road. According to the Sociedad Española de Neumología y Cirugía Torácica (SEPAR), this condition is found in 4% to 6% of men and 2% to 4% of women.
Nevertheless, cases have also been detected among children. Paediatric societies calculate between 1% and 3% of children suffer from the syndrome due to bone malformations that must be corrected with surgery. This condition can lead to behavioural disorders, hyperactivity, delayed growth and lack of progress at school, among others.