The male predisposition to pharyngeal collapse: importance of airway length.

  title={The male predisposition to pharyngeal collapse: importance of airway length.},
  author={Atul Malhotra and Yaqi Huang and Robert B. Fogel and Giora Pillar and Jill K. Edwards and Ron Kikinis and Stephen H Loring and David P. White},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  volume={166 10},
Obstructive sleep apnea is an important disorder because of both its prevalence and its cardiovascular and neurocognitive sequelae. Despite the fact that male sex is a major risk factor for this disorder, the mechanisms underlying this predisposition are unclear. To understand the pathophysiologic basis of the male predisposition for pharyngeal collapse, we performed a detailed analysis of the anatomic and physiologic features of the upper airway in a cohort of normal and near-normal subjects… CONTINUE READING
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