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Hypertonic saline injections to enhance the radiofrequency thermal ablation effect in the treatment of base of tongue in obstructive sleep apnoea patients: a pilot study.

Authors
  • Bäck, Leif J J
  • Liukko, Tommi
  • Rantanen, Irma
  • Peltola, Jaakko S
  • Partinen, Markku
  • Ylikoski, Jukka
  • Mäkitie, Antti A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta Oto-Laryngologica
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2009
Volume
129
Issue
3
Pages
302–310
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00016480802251609
PMID: 18615334
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Twelve males and one female with a median age of 50 years (range 41-62) entered the study. Six patients (46%) had more postoperative swelling in the upper airway than expected. Three patients were defined as cured. The trend in the questionnaires was clear, but not significant. In the soft tissue airway CR measurements no significant changes were encountered, although a trend towards volume reduction was seen in the posterior airway space measure.

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