Hypertrophy (enlargement) of the tonsils
and adenoids is the most common
cause of obstructive sleep apnea in children.
(SOURCE: International Journal Pediatri Otorhinolaryngology--1987)
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About forty years ago it was routine to
remove tonsils and adenoids in children. This does not
happen today for a number of reasons including surgical
risk, insurance issues, law suit issues, and the controversial
belief that they are important for a good immune system.
Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can cause
chronic airway obstruction and chronic health problems
such as bad breath, frequent illness, snoring, bad swallow
habits, breathing problems, crooked teeth and jaws,
facial deformity, fatigue, sleep disorder, sleep apnea,
poor health, high blood pressure, right-side-heart enlargement
(cor pulmonale), slow growth, unseen heart damage, heart
failure and death.
David C. Page, D.D.S.
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