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Review: surgery is not effective for obstructive sleep apnoea hypopnoea syndrome in adults

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 Q In adults, is surgery effective for obstructive sleep apnoea hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS)?

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Medline, the Cochrane Airways Group Specialised Register of trials, other Cochrane Review groups, National Health Service (NHS) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, the National Health Technology Assessment Programme, NHS National Research Register, the Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility, and bibliographies of relevant studies (up to July 2005).

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared any specific surgery with another surgical, non-surgical, or no intervention in adults with OSAHS defined by the Apnoea Hypopnoea Index (AHI) (>5 apnoeas or hypopneas/hour of sleep). Studies with children were excluded. 8 RCTs (n = 412) met the selection …

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  • For correspondence: Dr S Sundaram, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK. Supriya.sundaram{at}

  • Source of funding: Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility, UK.