Collapsibility of passive pharynx in patients with acromegaly.

  title={Collapsibility of passive pharynx in patients with acromegaly.},
  author={Shiroh Isono and Naoya Saeki and Atsuko Tanaka and Takashi Nishino},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  volume={160 1},
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), either central or obstructive in nature, is common in patients with acromegaly. However, no study has systematically examined the collapsibility of the pharynx in acromegaly to date. We evaluated intrinsic mechanical properties of passive pharynx in 10 anesthetized and paralyzed patients with active acromegaly before transsphenoidal adenomectomy for their pituitary adenoma. Static pressure-area relationships of the velopharynx and oropharynx were obtained by… CONTINUE READING