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October 1985

Diagnosis and Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Part II

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Oklahoma City Clinic (Dr Moran), and the Sleep Laboratory, Presbyterian Hospital, Oklahoma City (Dr Orr).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(10):650-658. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800120044004

• Snoring has been shown to be the primary sign of a potentially serious medical condition, ie, obstructive sleep apnea. Traditionally, the otolaryngologist has been the primary resource for patients with snoring problems although, until recently, little was known about the now-acknowledged serious complications of this phenomenon. Among the primary treatments for this condition, the most commonly used to-date involve surgical procedures routinely performed by the otolaryngologist, ie, tracheostomy and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Thus, the practicing otolaryngologist has been thrust into the forefront of diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnea, and it behooves the modern practitioner to be cognizant of the multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of this problem. The utilization of information obtained during the sleep study determines the management of the sleep apneic patient.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1985;111:650-658)

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