Physiology of sleep disordered breathing.

  title={Physiology of sleep disordered breathing.},
  author={B Tucker Woodson and Rose Amy Franco},
  journal={Otolaryngologic clinics of North America},
  volume={40 4},
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) results from complex interactions between anatomy and physiology. A structurally small and abnormally collapsible upper airway predisposes to disease, and interacts with normal and pathologic physiologic mechanisms to determine severity of disease. Understanding the pathophysiology provides insight into airway collapse, and may improve treatment and lead to potential new medical and surgical treatments for OSA. 

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