Neurologic aspects of sleep apnea: is obstructive sleep apnea a neurologic disorder?

@article{Guilleminault2009NeurologicAO,
  title={Neurologic aspects of sleep apnea: is obstructive sleep apnea a neurologic disorder?},
  author={Christian Guilleminault and Kannan Ramar},
  journal={Seminars in neurology},
  year={2009},
  volume={29 4},
  pages={368-71}
}
The upper airway caliber is determined by afferent sensory input to the brainstem respiratory centers and efferent motor neural output to the upper airway structures. Upper airway caliber is altered in obstructive sleep apnea. The mechanosensory receptors of the upper airway are capable of responding to changes in airway pressure, airflow, temperature, and to the upper airway muscle tone itself. Application of topical anesthesia change chronic snorers in apneic patients during sleep and prolong… CONTINUE READING

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