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The Pharyngeal AirwayPharyngeal Mechanics: Is Bigger Really Better?

Atul Malhotra, MD, FCCP; James P. Butler, PhD; Andrew Wellman, MD
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From the Sleep Medicine Division and Pulmonary and Critical Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Correspondence to: Atul Malhotra, MD, FCCP, Sleep Medicine Division and Pulmonary and Critical Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115; e-mail: amalhotra1@partners.org


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: Dr Malhotra has funding from National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association and Philips, Pfizer Inc, Sleep Health Center, Sleep Group Solutions, Apnex Medical Inc, ApniCure, and Galleon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr Wellman has funding from National Institutes of Health and Philips. Dr Butler has reported that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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© 2012 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2012;141(6):1372-1375. doi:10.1378/chest.11-2989
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In this issue of CHEST (see page 1407), Yamashiro and Kryger1 report the results from a consecutive series of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who underwent CT scans. The authors observed important associations between pharyngeal airway length and various risk factors for OSA (including age and sex) and postulated that “laryngeal descent,” perhaps having evolved for speech, may have consequences from the standpoint of pharyngeal mechanics. The article helps to corroborate existing literature and provides an opportunity to consider the mechanical basis underlying pharyngeal airway collapse in humans.

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