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Evaluation of potential predictors of outcome of laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty for snoring

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michael DrinnanORCiD, Dr Clive Griffiths, Emerita Professor Janet WilsonORCiD, Emeritus Professor John Gibson


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OBJECTIVE: Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is a common treatment for snoring, but up to 50% of patients obtain little Or 110 Sustained benefit. We investigated whether pre-operative measurements from lateral cephalometry, acoustic rhinometry, analysis of snoring Sounds. and body mass index (BMI) Could predict which snorers benefited from LAUP. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Fifty-five snoring patients were assessed pre- and 6 months post-LAUP. Snoring severity Was assessed by objective sound level recorded during polysomnography, and a Snoring Symptoms Inventory (SSI) questionnaire. RESULTS: The Outcome of surgery was assessed by changes in objective sound measurernents and in SSI, 6 months after LAUP. CONCLUSIONS: Relationships between the predictive measurements and outcome were at best only weak and none had Sufficient predictive Value to be useful in clinical practice.

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Author(s): Macdonald A, Drinnan M, Johnston A, Reda M, Griffiths C, Wilson J, Gibson GJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Year: 2006

Volume: 134

Issue: 2

Pages: 197-203

ISSN (print): 0194-5998

ISSN (electronic): 1097-6817

Publisher: Mosby, Inc.


DOI: 10.1016/j.otohns.2005.10.016


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