Stimulation for sleep apnea : Targeting the hypoglossal nerve in the treatment of patients with OSA.

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Summary of "Stimulation for sleep apnea : Targeting the hypoglossal nerve in the treatment of patients with OSA."

Standard treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is nightly application of positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP). However, adherence to CPAP is limited due to side effects and complications, and patients are frequently untreated or undertreated. In this scenario, patients with OSA are at risk of developing comorbidities such as arterial hypertension, coronary artery disease, or diabetes, and are exposed to an increased risk of experiencing traffic or occupational accidents due to daytime sleepiness. Alternative treatments include mandibular advancement devices or positional devices to prevent patients sleeping on their back, as well as anatomy-altering surgical procedures. For several years now, an additional surgical treatment-hypoglossal nerve stimulation-has been available for selected OSA patients. Hypoglossal nerve stimulation is a dynamic surgical approach that uses electrical stimulation to activate key muscles of the upper airway to achieve airway patency.


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A condition associated with multiple episodes of sleep apnea which are distinguished from obstructive sleep apnea (SLEEP APNEA, OBSTRUCTIVE) by the complete cessation of efforts to breathe. This disorder is associated with dysfunction of central nervous system centers that regulate respiration. This condition may be idiopathic (primary) or associated with lower brain stem lesions; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (LUNG DISEASES, OBSTRUCTIVE); HEART FAILURE, CONGESTIVE; medication effect; and other conditions. Sleep maintenance is impaired, resulting in daytime hypersomnolence. Primary central sleep apnea is frequently associated with obstructive sleep apnea. When both forms are present the condition is referred to as mixed sleep apnea (see SLEEP APNEA SYNDROMES). (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p395; Neurol Clin 1996;14(3):611-28)

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