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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Blocked Upper Airway
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Blocked Upper Airway

This medical exhibit depicts a sagittal section (cut-away viewed from the side) through back of the mouth showing blockage of the upper airway (obstructive apnea) during sleep. It illustrates the relaxed soft tissues of the tongue and posterior throat displacing posteriorly (backwards) closing off the airway when lying down. Labels identify the nose, chin, throat, tongue and blocked airway.

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Last Updated: Jul 27th, 2017

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