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Association of Mallampatti score as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea

Syeda Uzma Naqvi, Asna Shahab, Sadaf Zia, Syed Omair Adil, Shafaq Tariq.

Abstract
Objectives: To determine the association of Mallampatti Score as a risk factor for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Methodology: This is a prospective questionnaire based survey included 103 individuals
Results: Mean BMI of patients was 23.836.03 kg/m2. There were 28 (27.2%) overweight and 22 (21.4%) obese patients. High risk on Berlin questionnaire was found in 12 (11.7%) patients. Both Berlin Questionnaire and Epworth questioner showed a negative association with Mallampati; the low risk group of these variables in our study with a p-value of 0.034 & 0.016 respectively i.e they are good for exclusion of OSA if found negative. Comparison of general characteristics with Mallampatti score and snoring showed significant association among patients with >25 years of age (p=0.02), low risk of Berlin score (p=0.034) and normal Epworth Sleep Score (p=0.016). Fifteen (14.5%) of overweight & obese individuals had higher Mallampatti score III & lV but the P-values were not significant (0.283 & 0.386).
Conclusion: There is strong association between high Mallampatti score and O.S.A. Therefore we suggest that high mallampatti can be taken as a risk factor / screening tool limitation for O.S.A.

Key words: Mallampati score, obstructive sleep apnea, BMI


 
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Naqvi SU, Shahab A, Zia S, Adil SO, Tariq S. Association of Mallampatti score as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. RMJ. 2018; 43(1): 18-22.


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Naqvi SU, Shahab A, Zia S, Adil SO, Tariq S. Association of Mallampatti score as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. http://www.rmj.org.pk/?mno=263867 [Access: October 16, 2018].


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Naqvi SU, Shahab A, Zia S, Adil SO, Tariq S. Association of Mallampatti score as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. RMJ. 2018; 43(1): 18-22.



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Naqvi SU, Shahab A, Zia S, Adil SO, Tariq S. Association of Mallampatti score as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. RMJ. (2018), [cited October 16, 2018]; 43(1): 18-22.



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Naqvi, S. U., Shahab, A., Zia, S., Adil, S. O. & Tariq, S. (2018) Association of Mallampatti score as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. RMJ, 43 (1), 18-22.



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Naqvi, Syeda Uzma, Asna Shahab, Sadaf Zia, Syed Omair Adil, and Shafaq Tariq. 2018. Association of Mallampatti score as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. Rawal Medical Journal, 43 (1), 18-22.



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Naqvi, Syeda Uzma, Asna Shahab, Sadaf Zia, Syed Omair Adil, and Shafaq Tariq. "Association of Mallampatti score as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea." Rawal Medical Journal 43 (2018), 18-22.



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Naqvi, Syeda Uzma, Asna Shahab, Sadaf Zia, Syed Omair Adil, and Shafaq Tariq. "Association of Mallampatti score as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea." Rawal Medical Journal 43.1 (2018), 18-22. Print.



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Naqvi, S. U., Shahab, A., Zia, S., Adil, S. O. & Tariq, S. (2018) Association of Mallampatti score as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. Rawal Medical Journal, 43 (1), 18-22.




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