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Patients' and cohabitants' reports on snoring and daytime sleepiness, 1-8 years after surgical treatment of snoring



Patients' and cohabitants' reports on snoring and daytime sleepiness, 1-8 years after surgical treatment of snoring



Orl; Journal for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Its Related Specialties 61(1): 19-24



A follow-up study was performed with the aim to evaluate all individuals surgically treated by the uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) or laser uvulopalatoplasty (LUPP) method from a whole county in Sweden, 1-8 years after surgery, by assessing snoring occurrence and daytime sleepiness, as experienced by the patients and their cohabitants. Questionnaires were mailed to all operated people (n dbd 457) and were returned by 91% (346 men, 69 women) preoperatively diagnosed as habitual snorers (n = 255), cases of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (n = 110) and unspecified snorers (n = 48). In addition 345 bedpartners participated. For outcome of surgery, no significant differences in diagnoses or sex were found. Improvement in snoring occurrence was reported by 89.6% of the patients, confirmed by 92% of the co-habitants (r = 0.84, p < 0.01). The remaining snoring occurrence was significantly dependent on the surgical method and the time after operation. Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) was experienced by 73.3% of the patients compared to 67% reported by the cohabitants. Of 415 patients operated on, 18% were free from snoring and 25% were free from EDS. Individuals with a shorter time since surgery reported less snoring. The UPPP method gave a significantly better result than LUPP for the symptom 'snoring'.

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