When is sleep endoscopy indicated?

Updated: Aug 21, 2019
  • Author: Philip E Zapanta, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Any patient who has documented OSA and is a potential candidate for OSA surgery should be considered for DISE via propofol. [9] This dynamic exam will study the patient’s real-time OSA under light sedation, complementing the complete head-and-neck exam and (utilizing the Müller maneuver) awake endoscopy.

The ideal patient should have:

  • Documented OSA

  • An airway deemed manageable by the anesthesiologist and the operating surgeon

  • A patent nasal airway and nasopharynx, to allow the fiberoptic scope to pass unimpeded

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