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Effectiveness and Side-Effects of Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy in 66 Patients with Sleep Apnea

  • H. Becker
  • U. Koehler
  • J. H. Peter
  • M. Steinberg
  • P. von Wichert

Abstract

Since upper airway obstruction has been recognized as the crucial factor in the development of obstructive sleep apnea, tracheostomy — first reported as a therapeutical measure by Kuhlo et al. in 1969 — is regarded as the therapy of choice in patients with sleep apnea. The recognition of severe social and medical complications as long-term consequences of tracheostomy paved the ground for an intensive search for alternative methods during the years which followed. Therapeutical success could be achieved with certain medications and with pharyngeal dilatation by way of surgery, but neither of these methods was as successful as tracheostomy (Cohn, 1986; Strohl et al., 1981).

Keywords

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Apnea Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Obstructive Sleep Apnoea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Becker
    • 1
  • U. Koehler
    • 1
  • J. H. Peter
    • 1
  • M. Steinberg
    • 1
  • P. von Wichert
    • 1
  1. 1.Medizinische PoliklinikPhilipps UniversitätMarburgGermany

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