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J Korean Sleep Res Soc. 2004;1(2):32-36.         doi: https://doi.org/10.13078/jksrs.04015
The Efficacy of Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Hea-Won Kong, Hyun-Ah Kim, Jinkyu Han, and Chang-Ho Yun
1Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Inha University, Incheon, Korea
2Department of Neurology, Korea University Anam Hospital*, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Chang-Ho Yun ,Tel: +82-32-890-3418, Fax: +82-32-890-3864, Email: ych333@inha.ac.kr
Received: 16 November 2004;  Accepted: 16 December 2004.
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Background : Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty(UPPP) is a widely used as a first-line therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome(OSAS). However, UPPP is only effective in less than 50% of patients with OSAS. We analyzed the efficacy of UPPP in OSAS using subjective criteria. Methods : We included 19 consecutive patients with OSAS who underwent UPPP. Postoperative status was surveyed by telephone contact. Surgical failure was defined on the basis of subjective symptoms related with OSAS, such as snoring, observed apnea, unrefreshed sleep, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Results : Surgical failure was observed in 14(73.68%) patients, even though postoperative BMI was significantly lower than preoperative BMI(p<0.05). Conclusions : UPPP was not effective for treating OSAS, at least in the respect of subjective symptoms.
Keywords: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome(OSAS) | Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty(UPPP) | Surgical failure.
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