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Case Report, J Otol Rhinol Vol: 2 Issue: 2

Quantitative Assessment of an Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patient Before and After Tracheostomy: A Case Study

Anisha R Kumar*, Macario Camacho and Robert Capasso
Department of Otolaryngology, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Corresponding author : Anisha R Kumar
Department of Otolaryngology, Stanford University School of Medicine, 801 Welch Road, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Tel: 914 500 5680
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: February 09, 2012 Accepted: May 10, 2013 Published: May 15, 2013
Citation: Kumar AR, Camacho M, Capasso R (2013) Quantitative Assessment of an Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patient Before and After Tracheostomy: A Case Study. J Otol Rhinol 2:2. doi:10.4172/2324-8785.1000118

Abstract

Quantitative Assessment of an Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patient Before and After Tracheostomy: A Case Study

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can cause severe, debilitating sleepiness and is a well known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Continued positive airway pressure (PAP) is usually accepted to be the first line medical management in most adults. Some patients with obstructive sleep apnea who do not improve or cannot tolerate PAP therapy may be candidates for surgical intervention. Tracheostomies were performed in the late 1960’s to early 1980’s as the main surgical therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, until palatal oropharyngeal, hypopharyngeal and facial skeletal surgeries were developed.

Keywords: Obstructive Sleep Apnea; Tracheostomy; Positive Airway Pressure

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