The physical examination in a patient with a suspected sleep disorder focuses on several features. To assess for physical abnormalities associated with obstructive sleep apnea, particular attention is directed toward examination of height, weight, and blood pressure. Abnormalities of the upper airway, including enlarged tonsils, tongue, or low palate, can indicate possible airway obstruction. A reddened uvula and palate may be associated with loud snoring. Retrognathia and a small pharyngeal opening may also be seen in patients with sleep apnea.
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