Tonsil size and sleep apnea

A recent medical study was done to determine whether the size of children’s tonsils can predict the severity of their obstructive sleep apnea. Children were evaluated at a university center and their tonsil sizes were graded between 2 and 4+. The study results indicate that regardless of the size of the tonsils there was significant improvement after tonsil surgery. Interestingly, tonsil size did not correlate with the preoperative severity of the children’s sleep apnea, even when adenoid enlargement was factored into the analysis.

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