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East and Central African Journal of Surgery

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Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty: A Surgical Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

O A Lasisi, A A Sanusi, S B Amutta, F T Awodesu, O Baiyewu

Abstract


Snoring is now seen as one end of sleep-related breathing disorder resulting ultimately in obstructive sleep apnea. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is the first surgical procedure specifically designed to alleviate the abnormalities, although the use of laser appears to be the new trend. We present a case of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) in an overweight young adult male which was corrected with the traditional UPPP. This paper also highlights the role of high index of suspicion and meticulous clinical decision making in the absence of sophisticated sleep studies.




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