tongue buzzer for sleep apnea?

9 May

check out this recent post on PulmCCM:

 

10-SECOND RECAP:

hypoglossal nerve stimulator

small generator in the upper chest like a defibrillator or pacemaker

for moderate to severe sleep apnea who can’t tolerate CPAP

 

could cut apnea events and hypoxemia by almost 70% after one year

BUT WAIT… mean body mass index of enrolled patients was 28, and those with BMI > 32 were excluded (maybe not as applicable)?

 

Food for thought.  Interesting, though.  Not every device you see on the chest wall may be a defib/ICD, soon.

 

References: PulmCCM post; picture

 

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