Fluoroscopic and computed tomographic features of the pharyngeal airway in obstructive sleep apnea.

@article{Suratt1983FluoroscopicAC,
  title={Fluoroscopic and computed tomographic features of the pharyngeal airway in obstructive sleep apnea.},
  author={Paul M. Suratt and P. Dee and Richard L Atkinson and Paul Armstrong and Stephen C. Wilhoit},
  journal={The American review of respiratory disease},
  year={1983},
  volume={127 4},
  pages={487-92}
}
Because it has been suggested that patients with obstructive sleep apnea have a narrower pharyngeal airway than normal persons, we performed lateral fluoroscopy and computed tomographic (CT) scans of the pharynx in patients with this syndrome. Fluoroscopy in 6 sleeping patients showed that the obstruction always began during inspiration when the soft palate touched the tongue and posterior pharyngeal wall. The CT scans in 9 awake subjects demonstrated that the narrowest section of the airway in… CONTINUE READING
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