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Disadvantages Of Removing Adenoids In Children
Adenoids are lymph nodes, they drain infections. Many infections are airborne. There are winter viruses and summer viruses,
that you get just from someone sneezing near you or just from airborne droplets. The adenoids are acting to clean the body of these infections. ...Read more
Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, ...Read more
Surgeon preference: Adenoids may cause recurrent infection or nasal obstruction. Medications have limits. The traditional way of removing adenoids was with a curette - scraping them. More recently there are newer methods which reduce blood loss and operative time. Shavers that cut and suction the adenoids are preferred by some surgeons; my preference is to use an instrument that removes the tissue as it is cauterized. ...Read more
Adenoids: Depends on cause and severity. For hypertrophy (swelling) due to infection, antibiotics can be helpful. Other causes of hypertrophy often respond to nasal spray steroids. More severe issues or recurrent issues my benefit most from adenoidectomy (removal of adenoid tissue). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is removing the adenoids in a 6 month old baby a recommended thing if they are enlarged? Isn't he too young for this procedure?
Probably: 6 months is young to undergo adenoidectomy. Kids who need their adenoids out usually have them out as young as 2 years old for sleep apnea or recurrent ear infections. If you are unsure as to why your child is having surgery, you should visit the surgeon again or get another opinion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The adenoid pad is located directly behind the nose, making its removal tricky.
Adenoid removal typically involves going through the mouth and looking backwards with a reflective mirror. In order to suspend the soft palate, a red rubber catheter is placed in the nose and wrapped out the mouth. Some remove adenoids with an endscope through the nose. Either surgery isunlikely to deviate a nose. ...Read more
What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?
Will removing enlarged tonsils help 2 cure mouth breathing? Adenoids have been removed, but the child still can't breathe or eat with their mouth closed
Probably not: Tonsils definitely play into breathing issues (e g sleep apnea), but they should not cause nasal blockage. Depending on when adenoids were removed, they may have regrown (occurs much more commonly than tonsil regrowth). This can be evaluated by x-ray. Otherwise, an ENT may treat and evaluate for allergy / sinus issues (e g trial of steroid nasal spray) or do surgery to shrink the nasal turbinates. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it common for children to sweat a lot whilst sleeping whether its during the day or night. My 4yr old had her tonsils and adeniods removed a wk ago?
Almost never: Adenoids tend to disappear on their own in older kids and teens. While some could still persist in grown ups, if there is new adenoid growth in an adult it is concerning for something else growing in the area (like lymphoma or other tumor) and in that case a biopsy can be considered in the clinic, or complete removal in the operating room to assess for the underlying cause. ...Read more
Adenoidectomy: Adenoidectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the us, and almost all cases occur in children. There are 3 major reasons to have the adenoids shrunk or removed: 1) chronic nasal obstruction and runny nose, 2) obstructive sleep apnea, 3) chronic middle ear issues also requiring repeated ear tube placement. It is a safe procedure with very little recovery afterwards. ...Read more
Adenoidectomy: There are several reasons to get your adenoids out, also called an adenoidectomy. Most of the patients who undergo adenoidectomy are children. The number 1 reason for this surgery is nasal obstruction. Infection of the nose and sinuses is also common. In older patients, sometimes they will have a cyst or mass. These are less common. On rare occasion, patients can develop cancers of that area. ...Read more
Not really: The question I would have is why have this surgery. It may sound very weird to you when I tell you that bad diet can cause the nasal congestion that often precipitates this kind of unneceessary surgery. Adenoids and tonsilsare very important organs in the immune system. Tonsilectomy was stopped years ago in thepolio years because it encouraged polio to strike. ...Read more
Many reasons: Enlarged adenoids and tonsils cause mouth breathing, snoring, and sleep apnea with obstruction of nasopharyngeal airway. Children with obstruction are prone to recurrent infections in ears and can ge recurrent infection in tonsils (tonsillitis)and adenoids. In some children particularly neurologically impaired chronic upper airway obstruction can cause congestive heart failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Viral adenoid infection may last 7-10 days but will go away without treatment. Bacterial may continue until antibiotics given. It may be irritated by allergy so antihistamines or topical steroid nasal sprays may help. There is a chronic adenoid infection which is very difficult to clear. Sometimes saline nasal rinses help. ...Read more