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A Journal on Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery,
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Otoneurosurgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus
Otorinolaringologia 2016 March;66(1):5-15
New and innovative treatments for obstructive sleep apnea in adults: a systematic review
Camilo FERNANDEZ-SALVADOR, Edward T. CHANG, Sungjin A. SONG, Justin M. WEI, Macario CAMACHO
Division of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, USA
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this paper is to systematically review the international literature regarding new and innovative treatments for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: Three co-authors independently searched five databases (including PubMed/MEDLINE).
EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: The co-authors screened over 800 articles and identified a total of eight major categories for new and innovative treatment options for OSA. Treatment options include positive airway pressure devices, oral appliances, nasal appliances/devices, positional therapy devices/equipment, surgical devices and operating room equipment (e.g. transoral robotic surgery, electrical stimulation), drug therapies and magnetic devices.
CONCLUSIONS: Current literature demonstrates that there are at least eight major categories for new and innovative treatment options for OSA. Additional research is recommended, as there is currently no universal cure.