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Enlarged tonsils or adenotonsillar hypertrophy is the most common cause of breathing disorders while sleeping. 85 to 95% of cases can be completely cured by performing a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Sleep-disordered breathing may simply be a mild obstruction causing snoring or a major obstruction causing obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring occurs in about 12% of children and obstructive sleep apnea occurs in about one to three percent. Study results reported that subjects with obstructive sleep apnea had a higher prevalence of behavioral and emotional problems compared to those without - 20% compared to 10%. These were greatly improved after an adenotonsillectomy. Children also benefited health wise and had an improved quality of life as well.
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About: Adenotonsillectomy can reduce behavioral and emotional problems in children suffering from obstructive sleep apnea
Date: 28 January 2005
Source: Science Daily
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