Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) often presents a difficult therapeutic problem to the clinician since many of the accepted modes of therapy are associated with only partial success or with a number of long-term complications. We present three patients with obstructive SAS in whom dramatic clinical improvement occurred following repair of a deviated nasal septum. The subjective improvement was associated with a diminution in the number and duration of obstructive apnea episodes as observed during a standard sleep study. Because of its simplicity and low rate of complication, we propose that repair of a deviated nasal septum be further evaluated as a mode of therapy for this condition.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine