Sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome: Combination therapy with the Pillar® palatal implant technique and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A preliminary report

F. Bertoletti, A. Indelicato, P. Banfi, B. Capolunghi

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate the possibility of reducing CPAP pressure levels and improving patient adherence to CPAP therapy by stiffening the soft palate tissue with a Pillar® palatal implant. Many patients have difficulty complying with CPAP therapy if high levels of airway pressure are necessary for their therapy to be successful. Twenty-one patients (16 males and 5 females) with moderate to severe OSAHS treated with CPAP therapy underwent Pillar® palatal treatment in an office-based procedure. The mean age was 49.6 ± 11.2 years, mean baseline body mass index (BMI) was 31.4 ± 3.2 Kg/m2. At 3 months follow-up a significant reduction of CPAP pressure levels was found. Mean CPAP pressure levels before and after Pillar® application were 11.2 ± 1.69 cm H2O vs 9.3 ± 2.5 cm H2O respectively (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalB-ENT
Volume5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Pillar® palatal implant
  • Sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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