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Re: can you get sleep apnea from broken nose?


Posted by Cue Miller on January 04, 2000 at 18:33:06:

In Reply to: can you get sleep apnea from broken nose? posted by ania on January 04, 2000 at 08:32:21:

There are several causes, some of them probably still unknown. Many people have multiple causes. Most people seem to have a blockage in the airway while sleeping, usually caused by sagging tissue relaxed in sleep, and sometimes compounded by tongues that are larger than normal that slide back while asleep. All this blocks the flow of air into the airway.

A broken nose and blocked nostril would probably not be the main reason for OSA, or the sole reason, but might well be a contributing factor to its severity. If he does have OSA, he might have to get the nasal blockage surgically repaired (not an especially difficult operation) in order to benefit from other treatments. It is unlikely, from what my ENT and my sleep doctor have both told me, that repairing, say, a deviated septum will "cure" OSA.

Look up the symptoms of OSA on this website and check to see if your friend has any or most of them. Perhaps the main symptoms are frequently stopping breathing for brief periods while sleeping, loud snoring, gasping and choking while sleeping, thrashing around in sleep.

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