Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea due to nasopharyngeal tuberculosis

Yavuz Fuat Yilmaz, Mesut S. Tezer, Ali Titiz, Samet Özlügedik, Fatih Yalçin, Adnan Ünal

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Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a common disorder and appears most commonly due to oropharyngeal and/or hypopharyngeal collapse during inspiration. Nasal obstruction may also be a cause. Nasopharyngeal masses may be responsible for sleep apnea in adults. We present a 45-year-old male complaining of snoring and diagnosed with OSAS. During the endoscopie examination, a nasopharyngeal mass was seen and a punch biopsy was obtained. The histopathologic diagnosis was "granulomatous inflammation". Following consultations with the Chest Disease Department, the patient was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal tuberculosis and he received medical therapy. In conclusion, nasopharyngeal tuberculosis must be kept in mind as an extremely rare cause of OSAS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-49
Number of pages3
JournalGazi Medical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Nasopharyngeal Tuberculosis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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