Obstructive lingual thyroid causing sleep apnea: A case report and review of the literature

Terrance W. Barnes, Kerry D. Olsen, Timothy Ian Morgenthaler

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Abstract

Lingual thyroid has been reported to cause obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) only once in the literature. We present a case of a 49-year-old nonobese female with a 2-year history of progressive snoring, apneas, snort arousals, and daytime somnolence associated with the sensation of an 'enlarging tongue'. She was found to have severe OSA caused by a large lingual thyroid. While positive airway pressure therapy was not successful, surgical resection of the thyroid was curative. OSA caused by lingual thyroid and other oropharyngeal/parapharyngeal tumors are discussed. A careful oropharyngeal examination is important in evaluating patients with complaints of OSA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-607
Number of pages3
JournalSleep Medicine
Volume5
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2004

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Lingual Thyroid
Sleep Apnea Syndromes
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Keywords

  • Lingual thyroid
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Oropharyngeal tumors
  • Pharyngeal tumors
  • Thyroid abnormalities
  • Tongue neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology

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Obstructive lingual thyroid causing sleep apnea : A case report and review of the literature. / Barnes, Terrance W.; Olsen, Kerry D.; Morgenthaler, Timothy Ian.

In: Sleep Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 6, 11.2004, p. 605-607.

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