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Question 63- What should an ENT look for with child who has OSA?

From: Barb

Hi,

My son was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. The doctor recommend he have his adenoids and tonsils removed, but he didn't even use a scope to look at his adenoids. We are currently seeking a second opinion. What should an ENT look for when they are examining a child who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea? My son's bloodwork showed he could have an allergy. Could allergies cause sleep apnea? He stopped breathing 10x/hr during his study.

Thanks,
Barb


Response Provided by Dr. Kasey Li
Oct 12, 2011

Hi Barb,

Most ENT surgeons would not do a scope exam. The recommendation of T&A is quite typical and reasonable. Allergies can contribute to sleep apnea, but only partly.

Kasey Li, MD, DDS




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