Craniofacial cephalometric evaluation in habitual snorers with and without obstructive sleep apnea

M. Zucconi, L. Ferini-Strambi, S. Palazzi, C. Curci, E. Cucchi, S. Smirne

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Cephalometry has been used to evaluate soft tissue and craniofacial dimensions in moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA), but rarely in habitual snoring, the preclinical stage of OSA. This study deals with craniofacial bone measurements in a sample of 28 male habitual snorers with and without OSA, and 10 healthy non-snorers. Habitual snorers showed a significant decrease in sagittal dimensions of the cranial base and mandibular bone; there was also a shorter maxilla in group B (apnea plus hypopnea index more than 10) with respect to group A (apnea plus hypopnea index less or equal to 10). Facial height and angle dimensions were not different between snorers and non-snorers. These findings indicate that some habitual snorers may have some anatomic disposition to upper airway obstruction during sleep.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1007-1013
Number of pages7
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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