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Snoring: surgical vs. nonsurgical management.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6472016     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Eighteen children were treated for snoring. Surgical removal of enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids resulted in prompt and total elimination of snoring in 17 of these patients. One child required nasal and sinus surgery to gain relief from snoring. Eighty-three adults were interviewed, examined, and treated for snoring. Correction of anatomical abnormalities in the nose, soft palate, uvula, and pharynx achieved elimination of snoring in 72% of surgically treated cases. By contrast, nonsurgical remedies achieved snoring elimination in only 5% of patients (controls). Tracheostomy was required in 10% of snoring adults--those who proved to have severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Snoring is due to the combined effect of several anatomic and physiologic abnormalities in the nasal and pharyngeal segments of the airway. It may be amenable to surgical therapy when the severity of the problem warrants it.
D N Fairbanks
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Laryngoscope     Volume:  94     ISSN:  0023-852X     ISO Abbreviation:  Laryngoscope     Publication Date:  1984 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-10-10     Completed Date:  1984-10-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8607378     Medline TA:  Laryngoscope     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1188-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Airway Obstruction / physiopathology,  surgery
Child, Preschool
Middle Aged
Muscle Tonus
Nasal Mucosa / surgery
Nasal Septum / surgery
Nose / physiopathology
Palate, Soft / physiopathology,  surgery
Pharyngeal Muscles / physiopathology
Pharynx / physiopathology
Respiratory Sounds / therapy*
Sleep Apnea Syndromes / physiopathology,  surgery,  therapy
Snoring / physiopathology,  surgery,  therapy*
Turbinates / surgery
Uvula / physiopathology

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