Effect of Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea by Uvulopalatoplasty on Seizure Outcomes: A Case Report

  • Gholamreza Shirani Assistant Professor, Dental Research Center, Dentistry Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Mahnaz Arshad Assistant Professor, Dental Research Center, Dentistry Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, International Campus, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Xaniar Mahmoudi Dental Student, School of Dentistry, International Campus, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Sergic Azarians Neurologist, Private Practice, Tehran, Iran
Keywords: Sleep Apnea, Epilepsy, Seizure

Abstract

It is estimated that one-third of the people with refractory epilepsy suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In a patient presenting with OSA symptoms and epilepsy, removing a portion of the soft palate (uvulopalatoplasty) can be considered the treatment of choice for eliminating the OSA and decreasing the seizures.Here, we report the results of our surgical approach by which the patient’s problems completely resolved, and we observed no symptoms of OSA or epilepsy after the surgery. After 10 years of follow-up, the patient is seizure-free and does not need any antiepileptic drugs.

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Published
2017-12-16
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Shirani G, Arshad M, Mahmoudi X, Azarians S. Effect of Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea by Uvulopalatoplasty on Seizure Outcomes: A Case Report. Front Dent. 14(6):361-365.
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