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Otorinolaringologia 2002 December;52(4):155-9

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Diagnostic imaging techniques to search the obstructive site

Chiti-Batelli S., Eibenstein A., Fusetti M.

Cattedra di Otorinolaringoiatria Dipartimento di Scienze Chirurgiche Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, L’Aquila


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Obstructive sleep apnea-hypoapnea syndrome (OSAHS) is a multilevel disease and the identification of the collapsing areas is crucial for an accurate surgical management. However, it is not yet clear how to assess the real efficacy of the diagnostic imaging techniques available, and which are the more sensitive tools in the search of the obstructive site/sites. Many studies have shown not only the advantages but also the limits of diagnostic techniques used in the preoperative assessment of the collapsing areas. Lately, the dynamic magnetic resonance has gained a promising role in the evaluation, both quantitative and qualitative, of the levels responsible for the airway obstruction and of its extension. The purpose of this study was to compare the properties of the imaging tools available, in view of the current literature.

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