A 49-year-old male asked:
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can septoplasty/turbinate reduction cause apnea-like symptoms (gasping for air at night) for a couple of weeks after surgery due to stopped nose?

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Dr. Ram Madasu
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes : Septoplasty and turbinate reduction can cause apnea like symptoms in the postoperative period. The nasal passage is usually swollen following surgery. This can result in mouth breathing. Remember that apnea means the breathing stops for ten seconds or more. True apnea is more likely to happen in someone that may be predisposed to it. The blockage following surgery is temporary.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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