Research Paper
Radiofrequency ablation of the lateral palatal space for snoring
World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2017,03(02) : 106-109. DOI: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.2095-8811.2017.02.108
Abstract
Objective:

Pilot study to examine the effect of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the lateral palatal fat pad in patients with socially-disruptive snoring.

Method:

Snoring outcomes and complications were compared between a group of patients with treated with RFA ablation of the lateral soft palate fat pad with or without inferior turbinate reduction (8 patients) and another group undergoing inferior turbinate reduction alone (12 patients).

Results:

Snoring loudness and bothersomeness improved in the palate but not inferior turbinate group. Pain was mild and no major complications were observed.

Conclusion:

The study supports RFA ablation of the lateral palatal space as a potential low morbidity procedure for snoring.

Cite as: Woodson B. Tucker, Tadokoro Kent S., MacKay Stuart G.. Radiofrequency ablation of the lateral palatal space for snoring [J]. World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery,2017,03(02): 106-109. DOI: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.2095-8811.2017.02.108
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Introduction

Snoring is a common nuisance affecting almost half of males and a third of females between 30 and 60 years of age.1 It results from increased upper airway resistance and airway flutter during sleep. Progression may lead to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Snoring’s bothersomeness often leads sufferers to seek treatment. Treatments include weight loss, smoking/alcohol cessation, positional therapy, and oropharyngeal exercises. Use of mandibular advancement devices, nasal devices, and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) are other mechanical alternatives. Multiple surgical procedures have also been proposed.

 
 
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Snoring
radiofrequency ablation
Turbinoplasty
Inferior turbinate reduction
Radiofrequency
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