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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Jul;137(1):105-9.

Additional palatal implants for refractory snoring.

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  • 1Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA 01805, USA. peter.j.catalano@lahey.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate safety and efficacy of additional palatal implants for snoring treatment.

STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING:

A prospective case series at two clinical sites in an office setting. Patients who did not have an acceptable reduction in snoring intensity after an initial 3 implant procedure received additional implants. Bed partners rated snoring intensity on a 10 cm visual analog scale (VAS) at baseline and 90 days postprocedure.

RESULTS:

Snoring intensity VAS decreased significantly from 6.4 +/- 2.3 to 4.6 +/- 2.9 (P < 0.01) for patients who received an additional fourth implant, and to 4.1 +/- 2.8 after the 5th implant (P<0.01). Epworth sleepiness scale scores also decreased significantly for patients who received additional fourth or fifth implants. There were no adverse events.

CONCLUSIONS:

Additional palatal implants for snoring treatment were safe and effective in this case series.

SIGNIFICANCE:

Additional implants may offer relief for snorers not responding to the initial 3 implant procedure.

PMID:
17599575
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