Sleep Quality and Adenotonsillectomy

March 8, 2018 by: Pediatrics for Parents staff Article Tags: , ,

The Question: Do children with obstructive sleep apnea have an improvement in the quality of their sleep and quality of life after having an adenotonsillectomy?

The Study: All the subjects, 453 children five to ten years old, suffered from obstructive sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids. Half underwent removal of their tonsils and adenoids, while the other half were watched with supportive care. All the children underwent an extensive evaluation, including a sleep study (polysomnography) and a number of sleep quality and quality-of-life instruments at the start of the study, and again seven months later.

The Results: The children who underwent the adenotonsillectomy showed improvements in just about every test. The children had improved sleep and a better quality of life.

Comment: No surgery should be taken lightly. If chronically enlarged tonsils and adenoids are interfering with a child’s sleep, resulting in chronic tiredness and other effects, then an adenotonsillectomy may be worth considering.

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