Flow-induced Vibrations of the Uvula and its Implication on SnoringJ. Xi, Q. M. Mohamad, Y. E. Yuan, J. Rohlinger
Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, USA
- Flow-induced uvula deformation considerably altered the flow dynamics inside the nose.
- For a weak soft palate, complete flow occlusion can occur (sleep apnea).
- Vibration of the airway structures is crucial to better understand snoring generation mechanisms and breathing-related disorders.