Epidemiology of Sleep Related Breathing Disorders with Obstruction of the Upper Airways

  • J. H. Peter
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In sleep related breathing disorders, disorders with or without obstruction of the extrathoracic airways are to be differentiated (6, 21, 24). Disorders with obstruction of the extrathoracic airways are obstructive snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Due to a lack of coordination and activation of the extrathoracic airways, there arise muscular system changes in the respiratory mechanism, resulting in an incomplete or complete inspiratory stenosis of the upper airways. Snoring and obstructive apneas represent variants of this mechanism.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Apnea Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Patient Obstructive Apnea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Peter
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  1. 1.Medizinische Poliklinik, AG ZeitreihenanalysePhilipps-UniversitaetMarburgDeutschland

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