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World J Otorhinolaryngol. Feb 28, 2015; 5(1): 1-4
Published online Feb 28, 2015. doi: 10.5319/wjo.v5.i1.1
Obstructive sleep apnea: An interdisciplinary challenge for otorhinolaryngologists
Haralampos Gouveris
Haralampos Gouveris, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical Centre of the University of Mainz, 55131 Mainz, Germany
Author contributions: Gouveris H solely contributed to this manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Haralampos Gouveris, MD, PhD, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical Centre of the University of Mainz, Langenbeckstr.1, 55131 Mainz, Germany. hagouve@yahoo.de
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Received: December 11, 2014
Peer-review started: December 13, 2014
First decision: December 26, 2014
Revised: January 5, 2015
Accepted: January 15, 2015
Article in press: January 15, 2015
Published online: February 28, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Otolaryngologists are quite often the first medical specialists to be contacted by patients with such complaints as snoring, episodic sleep apnea observed by the bed partners with or without reported excessive daytime sleepiness and may therefore emerge as important gatekeepers of the general health of an individual by means of an active preventive, and in many cases therapeutic, role.