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Can Large Tonsils Cause Sleep Apnea In Adults
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I have very enlarged tonsils meeting in midline that cause sleep apnea. Will ignoring/not treating it be dangerous?
Sometimes bad things: In an old Western movie, one guy might shoot another for annoyingly loud snoring. In the real world, sleep apnea (OSA) causes daytime drowsiness and fatigue, so driving can kill someone. Nightly low blood oxygen can cause sudden death from heart arrhythmia. Heart artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, memory problems, morning headache, mood swings, depressed feelings, irritability... ...Read more
I have sleep apnea, large tonsils, acid reflux. Everytime I fall asleep, aftr a few sec, I suddenly wake up like gasping for air.?
I have sleep apnea and large tonsils with gerd. When I fall asleep, after a few seconds I suddenly wake up and I feel like my heartbeat stop.?
Dangerous: You need to be evaluated by a doc. Of sleep medicine. Your airway may be blocked when sleeping by tongue and tonsils. A sleep study would answer some of those questions. What you described can be dangerous and should be looked into as soon as you can. If you already have a cpap, then check if the pressure setting is right for you. ...Read more
Its hard for me to breath due to large tonsils and acid reflux, is it possible to affect my heart aside from my sleep apnea that posible 2 afect my <3?
Am sure I don't have sleep apnea. Am not overweight. Father. Mother. Brother also snore.. I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?
Need to be tested: Without a study, you can't know. Tonsils can obstruct airflow, and if blocked long enough, that is the definition of obstructive sleep apnea. Tonsil removal may be all you need, but you need an exam. Tonsils may only be part of the problem. Often it is not enough. Apnea is common in skinny people. ...Read more
I have sleep apnea, large tonsils, gerd. Everytime I fall asleep after a few sec, I wake up with heart pounding and making me panic. Is it anxiety?
I have chronic severely enlarged tonsils meeting in midline. I know I snore. What are the chances I have sleep apnea?
I have grade 4 enlarged tonsils causing mild to moderate sleep apnea (AHI 10, nadir SpO2 88%). One dr said tonsillectomy other said CPAP. What's best?
Both: Unless you were born with extra tonsils you have 2 adult tonsils and adenoidal tissue. Either tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy plus C-PAP will be beneficial. ...Read more
I have a goiter as well as enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Possible sleep apnea. Can goiter play a role in sleep apnea or just soft palative tissues?
Yes: Yes, obstructive sleep apnea is worsened by any factors that create blockage in the upper airway (throat). Extra tissue in a redundant ('floppy') soft palate, hypertrophied adenoids or tonsils, or even, rarely, a thyroid enlarged by goiter large enough to push the airway inward and narrow it further. ...Read more
I have chronic severely enlarged tonsils causing sleep apnea. ENT treating me with prednisone. Will they grow back after steroids decrease them?
I have very large tonsils causing sleep apnea. Saw two ENTs: one recommended CPAP and the other surgery. Doing well on CPAP so should I skip surgery?
I have severe enlarged tonsils (grade 4) causing sleep apnea. I refused treatment but ENT said very dangerous. What can happen?
Hi doctors, my breathing stops during my sleep, sore throat and enlarged tonsils plus sleep apnea. Help?
What can cause my 8 year olds sleep apnea if it not adnoids or tonsils. I don't want her on a cpap forever?
It could be the structure of your child's face. For example if there is a narrow upper arch. It might also be allergies that prevent your child from breathing through the nose.
I would suggest talking with your sleep physician about what could be causing the problem and possible solutions other than cpap. ...Read more
What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?
My son snores loud, his dad has sleep apnea. Is there a chance he has apnea as well? Should I have his tonsils/adenoids checked, does these cause snoring?
Yes: Depending on your son's age, I would absolutely get his to your family doctor. He may then possibly be referred to an ENT specialist. Early attention to his problems can hopefully allow him much better health as he gets older. I would also help him avoid become obese, which can further hinder success. ...Read more
I just learned I have to get my tonsils removed because they are huge and I have sleep apnea. I'm scared. Is the procedure bad in adults?
Turbinates and OSAS: Turbinates contribute to OSAS by causing nasal obstruction. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more
What causes my dry mouth sometimes when asleep even when there is no nasal congestion during the day? I do not have sleep apnea.
Mouth breathing: Is the most likely reason. Some medications can do that as well. ...Read more
My daughter is 8 and has sleep apnea. She had a scope done to check her adnoids and tonsils but they were normal put ahe was on predizone at the time?
Obstructive sleep: Apnea in children can be related to obesity, family history, facial deformities (e.g., small jaw, small opening at the back of the throat, large tongue, deviated septum) or enlarged tonsils & adenoids. If there is no submucus cleft of the palate & the velopalatal muscle that elevates the soft palate functions normally, treatment is usually removal of adenoids & tonsils. ...Read more
YES: Yes... Due to blockage of the airway with tonsil swelling or increased nasal resistance with a cold. If it is just contributing to poor rest and fatigue during the day... No big deal... If it produces (cyanosis) - turning blue... Eval by the er is mandatory. ...Read more
11yr old daughter has mild sleep apnea, tonsils are pretty small. They want to take anoids and tonsils out, is this necessary?
Air is necessary: What is necessry is that your daughter get sufficient air flow during sleep. If she has sleep apnea at age 11, she will likely have much bigger problems as an adult. Tonsils and adenoids are a good place to start, and I am sure that your md would not have recommended it without benefit. Proper sleep and airflow is very important for growth and development. ...Read more
Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more
This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more
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