Clinical implications of mandible and neck measurements in non-obese asian snorers: Ansan city general population-based study

Ji Ho Choi, Soichiro Miyazaki, Masako Okawa, Eun Joong Kim, Jae Jun Ryu, Jung Bok Lee, Chol Shin, Seung Hoon Lee

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Abstract

Objectives. Anthropometric abnormalities of the mandible and neck may contribute to snoring in non-obese Asians. The study evaluated the clinical implications of mandible and neck measurements in non-obese Asian snorers. Methods. The external mandible and neck measurements (neck circumference, two lengths of neck, mandibular body angle, and lengths of mandibular ramus and body) were compared between snorers and non-snorers in a sample of 2,778 non-obese Koreans (1,389 males, 1,389 females) aged 40 to 69 years (mean, 48.47±7.72 years). Results. The overall prevalence of snoring was 64.7% (899/1,389) and 48.3% (671/1,389) in non-obese male and female subjects, respectively. In non-obese males, snorers had significantly a greater neck circumference (P<0.0001) and shorter mandibular body length (P=0.0126) than non-snorers. In non-obese females, snorers had significantly greater neck circumferences (P=0.0165), compared with non-snorers. However, there were no statistically significant differences in other variables between non-snorers and snorers. Conclusion. Anthropometric abnormalities of the mandible and neck, including thick neck circumference in both genders and small mandible size in males, may be relevant contributing factors to snoring in non-obese Asian snorers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
JournalClinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar 1

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Keywords

  • Asian
  • Mandible
  • Neck
  • Population
  • Snoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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