Want To Reduce Sleep Apnea Symptoms? Thyroid Surgery Promises Relief

Thyroidectomy is a type of surgery that is performed to remove all or part of an enlarged thyroid gland. According to American Thyroid Association news release dated Oct. 26, 2011, this surgery appears to reduce snoring and other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

Study author Dr. Rebecca Sippel, chief of the Section of Endocrine Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health admits that obstructive sleep apnea is a complex sleep disorder that can be caused by several factors. Be that as it may, the researchers found that “thyroidectomy alone can provide significant improvements in nearly a third of patients, regardless of gland size”.

The study was slated for presentation at the recently-concluded annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association in California.

In this study, researchers compared the symptoms in patients suffering from symptoms before and 8 weeks after the surgery was performed. These symptoms included snoring, interrupted breathing during sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness. Post-surgery results revealed significant improvement both in terms of severity and frequency (51% vs. 71%).

Read this interesting story at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_118088.html

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