A 24-year-old male asked:
5 yrs ago saw ent for unrelated issue, tonsils normal sized. now saw him and he said tonsils very enlarged. why'd they grow so much in 5 yrs?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Thomas Gustafson answered
13 years experience Sleep Medicine
Yes and No: For the severe nasal deviation, this can definitely affect snoring but in general is not felt to be a strong risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a collapse of the flexible airway behind the tongue / soft palate area. Enlarged tonsils theoretically could have risk, but has not been felt to be strong, especially in adults. For children, the adenoids are felt to be more causal.
Answered on Feb 17, 2017
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