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August 1983

Snoring, and Some Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Can Be Cured by Oropharyngeal Surgery: Palatopharyngoplasty

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (Dr Simmons) and Sleep Disorders Center (Drs Guilleminault and Silvestri), Department of Psychiatry, Stanford (Calif) University School of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(8):503-507. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800220009003

• Surgical resection of physiologically unneeded palate and oropharyngeal tissue can completely stop a large part of social snoring problems and benefit at least 50% of persons with the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. We report detailed results of the conditions of 28 patients who underwent 50 palatopharyngoplasty (PPD) operations done by us since the concept was introduced two years ago. The results clearly prove that the social snoring problem of most patients can be fixed. The results are inconclusive as to just how PPP surgery fits into predictive management of sleep apnea. For some patients it is an effective alternative to tracheotomy.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1983;109:503-507)

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