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Snoring--a simple surgical solution.
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PMID:  8932946     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this paper a new palatal surgical technique for the treatment of snoring is described and evaluated. All 22 patients were severe snorers with no significant obstructive sleep apnoea, as confirmed by detailed sleep studies. The aim of the surgical technique was to eliminate the vibration of the soft palate and the posterior pillars which occurs during snoring. This was achieved under general anaesthetic by making a 1.5 cm vertical full thickness incision in the soft palate from the superior pole of the tonsil towards the pterygoid hamulus using monopolar cutting diathermy. Specifically designed daily pain questionnaires were completed by the patients during the first 2 post-operative weeks and the level of snoring was assessed by the patient's sleeping partner at 2, 6 and 12 weeks. The presence of any complications was also documented at these times. The results demonstrate that this surgical technique is effective, quick, simple and bloodless. The post-operative pain created is mild and quickly resolves. All patients experienced a dramatic diminution of their snoring and in 55% complete cessation was achieved.
H M Myatt; I S Mackay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical otolaryngology and allied sciences     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0307-7772     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci     Publication Date:  1996 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-27     Completed Date:  1997-02-27     Revised Date:  2005-05-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701793     Medline TA:  Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  419-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
ENT Department, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia, General
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Pain Measurement
Pain, Postoperative / epidemiology
Palate, Soft / surgery*
Snoring / surgery*
Suture Techniques
Time Factors
Uvula / surgery*

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