Habitual snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in children: effects of early tonsil surgery

M. Zucconi, L. Ferini Strambi, G. Pestalozza, E. Tessitore, S. Smirne

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Abstract

Habitual snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA) in children are important in determining disturbed sleep, daytime symptoms and haemodynamic modifications. Moreover, chronic snoring is often associated with enlarged tonsils and adenoids. We studied 60 children (mean age 42.2 months) with habitual snoring, defined as a positive answer to the question 'does the child snore every night', by nocturnal or diurnal polysomnography in order to evaluate breathing disorders and choose surgical correction of upper airway stenosis. In more than half the children habitual (every night) snoring begin before the first year of life and is associated with obstructive apneas. Both nocturnal and, with some limits, diurnal recordings may be a good tool for diagnosis of sleep-related upper airway obstruction. Early adenomonotonsillectomy, in mild to moderate form and in children before 4 years of age, and adenotonsillectomy in the others seems to show a clinical and polysomnographic resolution of snoring and OSA during a short-term follow up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-243
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993

Keywords

  • Adenomonotonsillectomy
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Polysomnography
  • Snoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery

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