Untreated obstructive sleep apnea carries significant morbidity and mortality and has evolved into a public health problem, yet effective treatment remains elusive for many patients.
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Patients who complain of daytime sleepiness may have obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), but otolaryngologists should not assume that OSAS is the sole or even the primary cause, according to experts here at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) annual meeting.
More is being learned about sleep and how it relates to otolaryngology. At the recent Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting, attendees heard details about how the different stages of sleep affect obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as well as intriguing findings showing how airway anatomy changes can actually be seen during sleep with use of real-time CT imaging.