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Large Uvula and choking on uvula

Posted by Amy on September 17, 1998 at 18:05:20:

I just wanted to pass along some information, because many people are posting that their uvulae (? is that the plural form) are extra large and that they wake up the morning choking on it.

I am not a doctor, and maybe there is a health professional out there who can confirm or correct what I am saying but I think that an enlarged uvula or the condition of uvulitis is connected to sleep apnea.

From about the time I believe my sleep apnea started, I noticed that some mornings I would wake up with my uvula twice as large as normal, and even sitting on my tongue which was a wierd sensation. Sometimes I would wake up in the night feeling like I was choking on my uvula. Sometimes it would stay irritated feeling for a few days at a time.

Since starting CPAP, my uvula has returned to a "normal" size, and I no longer have episodes like the ones I described. (Except, interestingly, on occasions when I wake up and find I have taken off my mask in the night.)

I am really happy for people when the surgery works for them, however, I really think that an enlarged uvula doesn't necessarily need to be surgically removed--I think that the use of CPAP which ends the snoring and apnea can also help. Of course, I am sure there are people who have anatomical reasons for surgery, like small airways, large tonsils and other things, and large uvulas, I just think people should be aware that the condition may be a result of their apnea not their normal anatomy.

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