Sleep disorders and upper airway obstruction in adults.

  title={Sleep disorders and upper airway obstruction in adults.},
  author={Philip R. Westbrook},
  journal={Otolaryngologic clinics of North America},
  volume={23 4},
The OSA syndrome, described over 100 years ago, was rediscovered in 1966. It is a common disorder, especially among fat, middle-aged men. Stentorian snoring and diurnal somnolence are the cardinal manifestations and should always lead to an examination during sleep. That examination (polysomnography) can demonstrate the pathognomonic events--repetitive apneas occurring in sleep--which signal the failure of the sleeping brain to maintain the patency of the supraglottic airway. All evidence… CONTINUE READING

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