New research from the University of South Australia is questioning whether the routine removal of tonsils and adenoids in children who snore is always beneficial.
Dr Scott Coussens and his team reviewed scientific studies about removing tonsils as a treatment for snoring and other mild breathing problems affecting sleep. They found little evidence to support the practice.
“Our research has shown that tonsillectomy is not the cure-all for snoring in kids and may in fact have harmful effects,” Dr Coussens said.
“Considering the fact that very many children grow out of snoring or mild sleep disordered breathing and that the removal of tonsils and adenoids is not without risks during and after the surgery, we believe there needs to be more high-quality research into alternative treatment methods and new surgical guidelines.”
Dr Coussens called for stricter guidelines around performing the operations, saying the procedure is probably effective in a much smaller number of children than undergo the procedure. He said that reducing the number of unnecessary surgeries would save both lives and money.
You can read more about this research here. Story credit: University of South Australia Media Centre.
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