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Type: Journal article
Title: Modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and Coblation channeling of the tongue for obstructive sleep apnea : a multi-centre Australian trial
Author: Mackay, S.
Carney, A.
Woods, C.
Antic, N.
McEvoy, R.
Chia, M.
Sands, T.
Jones, A.
Hobson, J.
Robinson, S.
Citation: The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 2013; 9(2):117-124
Publisher: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1550-9389
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Stuart G. MacKay, Simon Carney, Charmaine Woods, Nick Antic, Doug McEvoy, Michael Chia, Terry Sands, Andrew Jones, Jonathan Hobson and Samuel Robinson
Abstract: STUDY OBJECTIVES: To investigate the surgical outcomes and efficacy of modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (mod UPPP) and Coblation channelling of the tongue (CCT) as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). METHODS: Adult patients with simple snoring or obstructive sleep apnea were treated with combined modified UPPP, bilateral tonsillectomy, and CCT (N = 48). Full polysomnography was performed preoperatively and 3 months postoperatively. Postoperative clinical assessment, sleep questionnaires, and patient demographics including body mass index were compared to preoperative data. All polysomnograms were re-scored to AASM recommended criteria by 2 sleep professionals. RESULTS: The preoperative AHI (median and interquartile range) of 23.1 (10.4 to 36.6) was lowered to a postoperative AHI of 5.6 (1.9 to 10.4) (p < 0.05). The Epworth Sleepiness Scale score fell from 10.5 (5.5 to 13.5) to 5.0 (3.09 to 9.5) (p < 0.05). Morbidity of the surgery was low, with no long-term complications recorded. CONCLUSIONS: Modified UPPP combined with CCT is a highly efficacious intervention for OSA with minimal morbidity. It should be considered for individuals who fail or are intolerant of CPAP or other medical devices.
Keywords: Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
obstructive sleep apnea
Rights: Copyright status unknown
DOI: 10.5664/jcsm.2402
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