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New anesthesia technique helps show cause of obstruction in sleep apnea

from Medical Xpress

A simplified anesthesia procedure may enable more widespread use of preoperative testing to demonstrate the cause of airway obstruction in patients with severe sleep apnea, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. Dr. Joshua H. Atkins and Dr. Jeff E. Mandel of the University of Pennsylvania and their colleagues have developed a new "ramp control" anesthetic technique for putting patients to sleep briefly — just enough to show the "obstructive anatomy" responsible for sleep apnea. more

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