Dilating a narrow airway may be an effective treatment aspect of therapy as a surgical solution for the treatment of adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but may not be a primary surgical objective. The surgical aim must be to stabilize the upper airway in patients with OSA against dynamic collapse that threatens its patency. For this reason, it would be useful to test pharyngeal collapsibility (critical pressure: Pcrit) for individual OSA patients in particular for streamlined Pcrit measurements before and after surgery.
Author (s) Details
Dr. Yoichi Nishimura
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Teikyo University Chiba Medical Center, Chiba, Japan
Alan R. Schwartz
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, United States and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru.
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