A Kuwaiti Doctor gets a Patency in the Diagnosis & treatment of Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr Abdulmohsen Ebrahim Alterki, a Kuwaiti consultant in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck surgery, at the MOH, and the Chairman of ENT faculty, at Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization (KIMS), has just received his Patency from the United States patency office (USPTO) after almost 3 years of meticulous work, involving a new application and classification to help patients to be better diagnosed and treated in the area of the upper airway obstruction causing Snoring and that may develop later to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (US 8,387,798, B1)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, can effect up to 4% of the population, which is as prevalent as asthma, but it is not easily diagnosed if compared to patients with asthma for example. To be more clear, 80% of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea do not know that they even have it.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is difficult to diagnose, so it will be difficult to treat as a result, or even worst you might get the false impression that you have treated the problem, but all you have done is you have turned off the alarm, but the disease is still progressing.

One part of the patency and the most important part of it was adopting a global standard for doctors working with patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea to:
1-Aid medical staff in staging the problem helping to plan the treatment.
2-Give an indication of prognosis.
3-Assist in the evaluation of the results of treatment.
4-Enable facilities around the world to collate information more productively.

This protocol is used in Oncology, for almost fifty years, but no such system existed before for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), so the real winner would be the patient, whom is the centre of our healthcare system.

This work was done under the umbrella of KFAS, Kuwait Foundation for Advanced Sience, with the direct supervision and Guidance from Sabah Al-Ahmed Centre of Giftedness & Creativity which is one the arms of KFAS, and will be conducted at Dasman Diabetes Institute.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a slow process that can start with just simple snoring, but can have direct relation with lots of fatal diseases effecting the heart, and the brain, due to simply lack of oxygen while a sleep. Dasman Diabetes Institute is the ideal place to conduct such research due to its familiarity with conducting international research. Dasman Diabetes Institute supports research as its mission statement says.

One of the diseases that also has a direct relation with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, is Diabetes, which is prevalent in kuwait and its, increasing rapidly, in adults, as well as children.

Due to this dilemma, a memorandum of understanding was singed between Dasman Diabetes Institute and Sabah Al-Ahmed Centre of Giftedness & Creativity to open a clinic under the supervision of Dr Alterki, to follow up patients whom are diabetic, but suspected of having Obstructive Sleep Apnea, where this unique concept, will be starting in few months, once the equipment and the manpower is finalized.