Patients who undergo surgery for oropharyngeal cancer could have their post-operation quality of life improved if the cause of a sleep disorder can be identified and treated, according to researchers.
A study of people who had primary surgery with free flap reconstruction found that 93 per cent experienced some form of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) after the procedure.
The study, which was presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) annual meeting in San Diego, looked at 22 different patients.
Authors of the report believe that this incidence of OSA may play an important role in treating patients for post-surgical fatigue.
Within the same research it was found that all of those patients who were treated with radiation or chemotherapy suffered from OSA to some degree.
Another presentation at the 2009 AAO-HNSF meeting found that allergic rhinitis and OSA both increased symptoms of fatigue and stress in patients.