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2009-06-03 07:55:16

New research shows waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) are clear risk factors for sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in children. However, neck circumference was not identified as a predictor for the condition. In a recent study, researchers gathered data from 700 children between the ages of five and 12 years of age. They found several non-anatomical conditions, including obesity, were linked to SDB. It is believed the condition is caused by large tonsils, resulting in many...

2009-06-01 07:50:51

Infants and young toddlers with obstructive sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing experience significant improvement following surgical treatment of the ailment, according to an invited article in the June 2009 issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.The study evaluated 73 cases in which children younger than two years old were treated for obstructive sleep apnea through the removal of the adenoids, tonsils, or both (adenotonsillectomy). Those treated through surgery experienced...

2008-12-12 11:12:32

After a tonsillectomy, it seems patients are caught in a Catch-22. New research shows a commonly used steroid to reduce nausea and vomiting is associated with an increased risk of postoperative bleeding. About 186,000 tonsillectomies are performed each year in the United States, making the outpatient procedure one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in children. Dexamethasone injected after the start of anesthesia can reduce the nausea and vomiting often experienced after...

2008-08-19 15:01:22

Smoking appears to be linked with an increased rate of hemorrhage in patients who undergo a procedure done with a tonsillectomy, U.S. researchers said. A uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, or UPPP, is surgical procedure used to remove excess tissue from the throat with tonsillectomy -- a surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed. The study, published in the Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery, found that patients who smoked had an increased rate of hemorrhage when...

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2007-08-12 11:50:00

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Little T.J. was a monster. There's no other way to say it. Extremely hyperactive, the toddler ran around in circles, destroying everything in his path. He choked the cat and dragged it by its tail. He bit the teacher and hit other kids. He got kicked out of day care and banned from friends' homes. His own grandmother called the 2-year-old a "monster." Friends told his family that T.J. _ short for Terence Johnson _ was destined to be "the next serial killer." "He was so out of...

2006-05-16 07:26:57

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children younger than 3 years of age who have their adenoids and tonsils removed as a remedy for sleep-disordered breathing are at greater risk for respiratory complications than older kids and, therefore, should probably be hospitalized for the procedure, according to a new report. Advances in anesthesia and surgical techniques have led third-party payers to pressure doctors to perform adenotonsillectomy as an outpatient procedure, say Dr. Maninder Kalra...

2006-04-04 09:30:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK -- Children's behavioral problems, including symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sometimes improve after they have their tonsils removed, a new study has found. The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, support the theory that nighttime breathing problems -- and consequently poor sleep -- contribute to some children's behavioral difficulties during the day. When the tonsils at the back of the throat become enlarged, they can obstruct...

2006-02-27 23:05:00

NEW YORK -- Short-term administration of growth hormone (GH) improves sleep abnormalities in most patients with a rare genetic disease called Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), according to a study. However, a subset of patients may experience a worsening of sleep disturbances. PWS has a range of features including poor muscle tone, short stature, learning disabilities, and chronic hunger and overeating that can lead to obesity. Another feature that may be present is sleep apnea, a condition in...

2006-02-08 10:18:37

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After having their tonsils and adenoids out because of obstructed breathing during sleep, some children tend to become overweight. The reason may be a decrease in fidgeting and hyperactivity, according to a new report. Children "should be closely monitored" for changes in their weight after undergoing adenotonsillectomy, Dr. James N. Roemmich told Reuters Health, and "physicians should provide appropriate counseling regarding weight...

2005-08-01 14:35:11

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a study of children with mild sleep-disordered breathing, a once-daily Singulair pill led to significant reductions in both adenoid size and respiratory-related sleep disturbance. Singulair, known generically as montelukast, is usually prescribed for treating asthma and can be given to kids as a chewable tablet. The new findings suggest that anti-inflammatory treatment may be useful in children with sleep-disordered breathing that is too mild to warrant...


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