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Pediatric Sleep Apnea

With the increase in childhood obesity, sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing has become a hot topic in the literature.

Adenotonsillar hypertrophy in the pediatric population is the most common etiology or significant contributor. Patients can present with observed pauses, but frequently symptoms are more subtle and include difficulty waking in the morning, daytime fatigue, enuresis, restless sleeping, frequent awakening, behavior issues, or poor school performance. Ongoing studies performed by me in collaboration with pediatric sleep specialists show cure rates after adenotonsillectomy as high as 90%, and marked improvement in most of the remaining patients.

Sleep parameters beyond apnea have also been shown to become more favorable following removal of adenoid and tonsils, which likely has resulted in the notable differences observed in daytime behavior.

Call us at 612-339-2836 or toll-free at 866-316-0769 to refer your patient for an appointment, or submit an online referral.

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