Polysomnography for sleep-disordered breathing prior to tonsillectomy in children

Over 530,000 tonsillectomies are performed annually on children aged between 2 to 18 years of age, in the United States.  12% of children manifest sleep-disordered breathing, this being the number one reason to conduct tonsillectomy. This type of surgery improves child behavior, attention span, quality of life, sleep quality and classroom performance.

SDB affects approximately 12% of children with manifestations ranging from simple snoring to potentially serious conditions, including sleep apnea. SDB is also the most common indication for tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy in the United

A clinical study guideline recommends that children with sleep-disordered breathing, who usually would undergo tonsillectomy, have a polysomnography first. These children would have breathing problems ranging from simple snoring to more serious conditions including sleep apnea.

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