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Med J Malaysia. 2008 Dec;63(5):408-9.

Haemangioma of the uvula causing loud habitual snoring--a rare entity.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore.


Mucosal haemangiomas are unusual and typically involve frequently traumatised areas such as the lip, buccal mucosa and lateral borders of the tongue. Uvular haemangioma is rare and to our knowledge, has never been reported to cause obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). We report an unusual case of uvular haemangioma causing loud habitual snoring and symptoms suggestive of OSA. This case report illustrates a rare cause of OSA and demonstrates the efficacy of surgery for obvious obstructive lesions of the pharynx.

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