Practice parameters for the indications for polysomnography and related procedures: An update for 2005

Clete A. Kushida, Michael R. Littner, Timothy Morgenthaler, Cathy A. Alessi, Dennis Bailey, Jack Coleman, Leah Friedman, Max Hirshkowitz, Sheldon Kapen, Milton Kramer, Teofilo Lee-Chiong, Daniel L. Loube, Judith Owens, Jeffrey P. Pancer, Merrill Wise

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These practice parameters are an update of the previously-published recommendations regarding the indications for polysomnography and related procedures in the diagnosis of sleep disorders. Diagnostic categories include the following: sleep related breathing disorders, other respiratory disorders, narcolepsy, parasomnias, sleep related seizure disorders, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement sleep disorder, depression with insomnia, and arcadian rhythm sleep disorders. Polysomnography is routinely indicated for the diagnosis of sleep related breathing disorders; for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) titration in patients with sleep related breathing disorders; for the assessment of treatment results in some cases; with a multiple sleep latency test in the evaluation of suspected narcolepsy; in evaluating sleep related behaviors that are violent or otherwise potentially injurious to the patient or others; and in certain atypical or unusual parasomnias. Polysomnography may be indicated in patients with neuromuscular disorders and sleep related symptoms; to assist in the diagnosis of paroxysmal arousals or other sleep disruptions thought to be seizure related; in a presumed parasomnia or sleep related seizure disorder that does not respond to conventional therapy; or when there is a strong clinical suspicion of periodic limb movement sleep disorder. Polysomnography is not routinely indicated to diagnose chronic lung disease; in cases of typical, uncomplicated, and noninjurious parasomnias when the diagnosis is clearly delineated; for patients with seizures who have no specific complaints consistent with a sleep disorder; to diagnose or treat restless legs syndrome; for the diagnosis of circadian rhythm sleep disorders; or to establish a diagnosis of depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-521
Number of pages23
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005


  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Parasomnias
  • Periodic limb movement sleep disorder
  • Polysomnography
  • Practice guidelines
  • Practice parameters
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sleep related breathing disorders
  • Standards of practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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