What is the role of cephalometric radiography (plain radiography of the airways) in the presurgical evaluation of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 25, 2021
  • Author: Charles E Morgan, DMD, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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The value of cephalometric radiography (plain radiography of the airways) in routine presurgical workup is highly debated. The study is most useful in assessing craniofacial skeletal abnormalities. Lateral airway images can be helpful in diagnosing adenoid hypertrophy in young pediatric patients.


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