Can Large Tonsils Cause Sleep Apnea?

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Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which pauses in breathing occur during sleep because the airway has become narrowed, blocked, or floppy.

A pause in breathing is referred to as an apnea episode. Almost everyone has brief apnea episodes while they sleep.

This article discusses obstructive sleep apnea in adults.

See also:

  • Central sleep apnea
  • Sleep disorders

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Sleep apnea - obstructive; Apnea - obstructive sleep apnea...

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