Midline glossectomy and epiglottidectomy for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

@article{Mickelson1997MidlineGA,
  title={Midline glossectomy and epiglottidectomy for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.},
  author={Samuel A Mickelson and L P M Rosenthal},
  journal={The Laryngoscope},
  year={1997},
  volume={107 5},
  pages={614-9}
}
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is caused by narrowing of the pharyngeal airway and loss of dilator tone during sleep. In patients with severe apnea surgical correction often requires attention to both the oropharynx and hypopharynx. Tongue reduction surgery has been described for persistent apnea after failure of palatal surgery. We describe our experience with midline glossectomy with epiglottidectomy in 12 patients with a mean age of 48.8 +/- 14.2 years and body mass index of 36.0 +/- 8.8… CONTINUE READING