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Modified tongue base suspension for multilevel or single level obstructions in sleep apnea: Clinical and radiologic results.
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PMID:  21273016     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the radiologic and polysomnographic success in opening the airway using a tongue base suspension procedure alone or in combination with uvulopalatal flap in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) patients. METHODS: This study was conducted in 20 patients with moderate or severe OSAS in a prospective manner. The tongue base suspension technique alone or with a uvulopalatal flap (UPF) technique was applied. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of patients obtained during the preoperative period and at the 5th week of the postoperative period were compared. Changes in pain and swallowing difficulties were assessed. Polysomnography (PSG) was applied at the 12th postoperative month, and body mass index (BMI) and Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS) values were determined. The degree of satisfaction relative to the surgery was assessed with 4 questions. RESULTS: Preoperative apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) level was found to be 24.55±9.87, whereas postoperative AHI level was 12.40±9.87 (P<0.01). The success rate was determined to be 60%. Preoperative ESS values were 13.90±2.67 and were reduced to 6.55±3.13 postoperatively (P<0.01), and the preoperative posterior airway space (PAS) level was 10.08±1.23, which was increased to 11.64±1.46 postoperatively (P<0.01). Visual analog scale (VAS) values for swallowing difficulty were 8.62 at day 1 and decreased to 3.98 at day 7. The VAS values for pain were 9.14 at day 1, but were reduced to 4.18 at day 7. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with OSAS who have hypertrophy of the tongue base may safely receive a tongue base suspension procedure, which is a minimally invasive method. The postoperative hospital stay is short and the success rate is high, as shown with both PSG and MRI.
Ozan Seymen Sezen; Ercan Aydin; Gülüzar Eraslan; Suheyl Haytoglu; Temel Coskuner; Seref Unver
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Auris, nasus, larynx     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1476     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-1-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708170     Medline TA:  Auris Nasus Larynx     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Kartal Dr. Lutfi Kirdar Research and Training Hospital, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Department, Istanbul, Turkey.
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