ORLANDO, FL-Does multilevel upper airway surgery preclude continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) usage, and is there a best way to repair cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks? These are among the questions into which researchers provided insight at the recent Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting here.
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UPPP Patients Can Still Use CPAP
In one surgery-related talk, researchers showed that a history of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) does not preclude the use of CPAP in patients with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). In fact, one study now suggests that patients who have had surgery, yet who have persistent symptoms, can still benefit from CPAP, and may even use lower pressures than were used prior to surgery. Compliance can be improved, too.
This was the finding of a study designed to investigate whether multilevel upper airway surgery precludes CPAP usage in patients. Details were presented at a session of the Triological Society section of the conference. The primary author of the study was Michael Friedman, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; presenting was Rohit Soans, MD, a research fellow at Rush University.