What is the role of sleep endoscopy in the workup of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2020
  • Author: Vittorio Rinaldi, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Drug-induced sleep endoscopy (DISE) is a safe and reliable technique for determining the pattern of upper-airway obstruction and the contribution of specific structures to airway obstruction. [55]

Identifying the site and the dynamic pattern of obstruction is mandatory in therapeutic decision-making, especially if a surgical therapeutic option is being considered. [56]

The nose-oropharynx-hypopharynx-larynx (NOHL) classification, which could be applied during awake and sleep endoscopy, allows a simple, quick, and effective evaluation of grade and patterns of upper-airway collapse. [57]


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