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Tonsillar lymphoma as a cause of obstructive sleep apnea.

Authors
  • Feldman, Barry S
  • Quan, Stuart F
Type
Published Article
Journal
Sleep medicine
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2002
Volume
3
Issue
5
Pages
441–442
Identifiers
PMID: 14592180
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Infrequently in adults, isolated lesions of the upper airway, larynx, and trachea can produce obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We describe a case of OSA found to be caused by tonsillar lymphoma presenting as asymmetric tonsillar hypertrophy. Tonsillar lymphoma is rare, but can present as hypertrophied tonsils and/or adenopathy and lead to the development of OSA. This report emphasizes the importance of a thorough upper airway examination of all patients undergoing evaluation for OSA.

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