Upper airway and soft tissue anatomy in normal subjects and patients with sleep-disordered breathing. Significance of the lateral pharyngeal walls.


The geometry and caliber of the upper airway in apneic patients differs from those in normal subjects. The apneic airway is smaller and is narrowed laterally. Examination of the soft tissue structures surrounding the upper airway can lead to an understanding of these apneic airway dimensional changes. Magnetic resonance imaging was utilized to study the… (More)


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