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Method and apparatus for the treatment of sleep apnea and related breathing disorders



Method and apparatus for the treatment of sleep apnea and related breathing disorders



Official Gazette of the United States Patent & Trademark Office Patents 1243(1), Feb 6



The present invention is a collapsible nasal-oropharyngeal tube and a method of its use. The collapsed tube is inserted via a patient's nostril, then expanded when properly located in the upper airway. Collapsing the tube prior to insertion, facilitates insertion, minimizes trauma to the nasal passage, and allows self insertion by the patient. The expanded tube's lumen defines an unobstructed airway, and thus maintains upper airway patency. The nasal-oropharyngeal tube can be used as a treatment of nasal-oropharyngeal obstructions, sleep apnea, and other related disorders.

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