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The Effect of Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty in Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Other Title
수면무호흡증환자에서의 레이저구개인두성형술의 효과
김, 창규; 엄, 주현; 박, 기현; 전, 영명; 고, 중화; 신, 상중
Taehan Ibi Inhukwa Hakhoe chi, 39(7):1161-1167, 1996
Journal Title
Taehan Ibi Inhukwa Hakhoe chi; Journal of the Korean Otolaryngological Society; 대한이비인후과학회지
Loud habitual snoring, the most consistent symptom in sleep apnea syndrome, is a socially disruptive noise and it result in potentially serious medical condition associated with systemic and pulmonary hypertension, cardiac dysrythmias, and


morbidity and mortality. Laserassisted uvulopalatoplasty(LAUP) is a new and effective surgical method for the treatment of habitual loud snoring. LAUP may also be efficacious in the management of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. So, LAUP



be preferable to uvulopalatopharyngoplasty(UPPP), because LAUP has some advantages of an outpatient based operation with local anesthesia and little complications.

LAUP was performed in 27 consecutive prospectively evaluated patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome(OSAS) based on preoperative polysomnography. The effectiveness of the operation can be evaluated by improvement of symptoms and changes of

variable parameters of polysomnography. The improvement of snoring was obtained in 85.2%. In relation to the symptoms of daytime somnolence and nocturnal restlessness, 72.2% and 78.6% showed improvement. 48.1% improvement in the apnea index below

50% of

the preoperative level. 44.4% showed improvement in respiratory disturbance index. Although there was a significant difference between the objective and subjective results of the operation, the results of this study suggest that LAUP may be


in the management of snoring and sleep apnea.
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