2020 Online Salon
Anatomic Features Contributing to Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Entrant Name: Nicholas Reback
- Membership Type: Professional Submission
- Other Contributors: Nicholas Reback
- Address: Chicago, Illinois USA
- Client: Journal of the American Medical Association
- Copyright: 2019 The American Medical Association
- Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
- Final presentation format: Journal article (print and online)
- Primary Audience: Physicians
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by recurrent episodes of partial or complete collapse of the upper airway during sleep. This results in the interruption of the sleep cycle and has negative consequences for quality of life. OSA is a relatively common condition, but its prevalence is increasing with rising rates in obesity.
The purpose of the illustration is to educate a broad clinical audience on anatomic variations in the upper airway that cause restriction of airflow and contribute to OSA. The illustration is innovative through the inclusion of conceptualized three-dimensional volumes alongside mid-sagittal anatomical views to demonstrate how and each variation restricts airflow.