Sleep and Breathing

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 1301–1311 | Cite as

ENT-specific therapy of obstructive sleep apnoea in adults

A revised version of the previously published German S2e guideline
  • T. Verse
  • A. Dreher
  • C. Heiser
  • M. Herzog
  • J. T. Maurer
  • W. Pirsig
  • K. Rohde
  • N. Rothmeier
  • A. Sauter
  • A. Steffen
  • S. Wenzel
  • B. A. Stuck
ENT • Original Article


The German Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery recently has released the abbreviated version of its scientific guideline “ENT-specific therapy of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in adults”, which has been updated in 2015 and can be found online at the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften, AWMF). A summary of the main recommendations is provided in this revised English version. All recommendations are based on a systematic literature research of articles published up until March 2014. Literature research followed the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Literature Research to create Guidelines published by the German Cochrane Centre. Studies were evaluated with respect to their scientific value according to the recommendations of the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, and grades of recommendation are provided regarding each intervention.


Sleep apnoea Guideline Surgery Otolaryngology 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

This guideline was ordered by the DG HNO KHC and compiled by the ArGe Schlafmedizin. No financial support was received. Neither DG HNO KHC nor ArGe Schlafmedizin has any conflicts of interest regarding the mentioned medical devices and their manufacturers, unless explicitly mentioned. This guideline was compiled as an “S2e” guideline, according to the instructions and policies of the AWMF guideline commission.


No funding was received for this research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Verse
    • 1
  • A. Dreher
    • 2
  • C. Heiser
    • 3
  • M. Herzog
    • 4
  • J. T. Maurer
    • 5
  • W. Pirsig
    • 6
  • K. Rohde
    • 7
  • N. Rothmeier
    • 8
  • A. Sauter
    • 9
  • A. Steffen
    • 10
  • S. Wenzel
    • 1
  • B. A. Stuck
    • 5
    • 11
  1. 1.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery, Asklepios Klinikum HarburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Klinik für Hals-Nasen-OhrenheilkundeKopf- und Halschirurgie der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  3. 3.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery, Technische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  4. 4.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery, Carl-Thiem-KlinikumCottbusGermany
  5. 5.Sleep Disorders Center, Department of OtorhinolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery, University Hospital MannheimMannheimGermany
  6. 6.UlmGermany
  7. 7.HNO-Praxis an der OperHamburgGermany
  8. 8.HNO-GemeinschaftspraxisGelsenkirchenGermany
  9. 9.HNO Praxis MoserGehrking und PartnerAugsburgGermany
  10. 10.Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-HolsteinCampus Lübeck, Klinik für HNO-HeilkundeLübeckGermany
  11. 11.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery, University Hospital EssenEssenGermany

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