Aggressive surgical management of sleep apnea syndrome in the syndromal craniosynostoses

T. J C Edwards*, D. J. David, J. Martin

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Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) frequently develops in patients with craniosynostosis and associated midfacial stenosis. In the past, conservative measures or tracheostomy have been used to manage this condition. Although the course of OSAS in these patients is multifactorial, a major factor is the narrow nasopharyngeal space. Aggressive surgical intervention to enlarge the nasopharyngeal space can reduce the severity of OSAS and therefore avoid the need for tracheostomy. Surgical approaches include adenotonsillectomy, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, and midface advancement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-9
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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