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Hypoglossal nerve stimulation surgery for obstructive sleep apnoea: Our preliminary experience

Jan 1, 2018 | Magazine: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española

Baptista P (1), Garaycochea O (2), Álvarez-Gómez L (2), Alcalde J (2), Alegre M (3), Urrestarazu E (3).


The objective of this communication is to describe our preliminary results in upper airway stimulation surgery via hypoglossal nerve stimulation implantation for obstructive sleep apnoea.

We describe 4 cases and the outcomes of the surgery were analysed using the Epworth scale, apnoea-hypopnoea index, minimal O2 Sat, average O2 Sat and snoring intensity.

In all cases a significant reduction in Epworth scale values and apnoea-hypopnoea index were obtained (P<.05). The minimum and average oxygen saturation had better values after the surgery, however, there was no statistically significant difference. The snoring severity measured subjectively changed from «intense» to «absent» in all cases.

The preliminary results obtained with the upper airway stimulation surgery via hypoglossal nerve stimulation showed objective and subjective improvement after the implant activation.

CITATION Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp. 2017 Jul 26. pii: S0001-6519(17)30088-2. doi: 10.1016/j.otorri.2017.02.005