What is the role of tracheotomy in the treatment 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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Permanent tracheotomy cures OSA and is indicated most often in patients with severe apnea that is associated with life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Other less frequent indications may include morbid obesity, obstruction with severe hypoxia, and disabling daytime somnolence. This is not commonly used today.


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