Anatomy of pharynx in patients with obstructive sleep apnea and in normal subjects.

@article{Isono1997AnatomyOP,
  title={Anatomy of pharynx in patients with obstructive sleep apnea and in normal subjects.},
  author={Shiroh Isono and John E. Remmers and Atsuko Tanaka and Yukihiko Sho and Jiro Sato and Takashi Nishino},
  journal={Journal of applied physiology},
  year={1997},
  volume={82 4},
  pages={1319-26}
}
Anatomic abnormalities of the pharynx are thought to play a role in the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but their contribution has never been conclusively proven. The present study tested this anatomic hypothesis by comparing the mechanics of the paralyzed pharynx in OSA patients and in normal subjects. According to evaluation of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) by nocturnal oximetry, subjects were divided into three groups: normal group (n = 17), SDB-1 (n = 18), and SDB-2 (n… CONTINUE READING