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Does having apnea of prematurity require surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids?

Does having apnea of prematurity require surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids?

No: Apnea of prematurity is primarily caused by an immature respiratory center in the brain, and not an anatomic obstruction, so removing tissue like tonsils or adenoids is not indicated. True apnea of prematurity will resolve over time without any treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Rickert
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Adenoids (Definition)

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


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My 2 yr old son is going to take out his tonsils n adnoids. Please tell me the risk of surgery n everything I should know. He suffer from sleep apnea.

My 2 yr old son is going to take out his tonsils n adnoids. Please tell me the risk of surgery n everything I should know. He suffer from sleep apnea.

Consult surgeon: Your son's surgeon should be able to go over the surgical risks with you better that i could, and whether this could help his apnea which is unusual at such a early age! ...Read more

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If my son had apnea of prematurity, how long will I need to have a monitor

If my son had apnea of prematurity, how long will I need to have a monitor

Usually not needed: Preterm infants with apnea usually outgrow this condition prior to discharge from the hospital. If they do go home on a monitor it is usually for parental, not medical, indications in which case the duration of monitoring is quite variable. Most infants discharged on home on apnea monitors are taken off by 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Could bradycardia be a sign of apnea of prematurity?

Yes it can: The two often go together. The baby will have apnea-defined as 20 seconds or more of not breathing, which then in a neonate (baby <=28 days) will often lead to bradycardia, or low heart rate. Please have your baby seen by your pediatrician if this is going on, as prematurity is not the only cause of these symptoms. Sometimes medication is needed. ...Read more

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My daughter is having surgery to have tonsils and adenoids removed on thursday august 8 i'm worried what should I expect?

Strep-like pain: The surgery only lasts 30-40 minutes in most cases and she will be asleep for any painful part. Most go home the same day. You will have to constantly be encouraging her to drink to stay hydrated- she should pee 4-5x a day. The pain is similar to a strep and she will likely receive prescription pain medicine of some sort. There will be a lot of mucous and bad breath for 1-2 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 5 yr son is to enter next week to tonsil n adenoid remove surgery is it recommendable since he's had fever at least once per month since december ?

No: What has been causing your child's fever? If he has had other symptoms besides those referable to the throat area (such as runny nose, cough, GI symptoms), then i would say for sure, "no." if it is only sore throats, then the answer would be "maybe.". ...Read more

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Surgery to remove the adenoids and tonsils on a 17 month old, can you tell me more about it?

Surgery to remove the adenoids and tonsils on a 17 month old, can you tell me more about it?

Some help: Really should speak with your surgeon. At that age, I am assuming that there is obstructed breathing. Surgery is done with general anesthesia. May require hospitalization. Risks include bleeding. ...Read more

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Can i be on a latent TB treatment and go in for surgery to remove my tonsils and possibly my adenoids?

Can i be on a latent TB treatment and go in for surgery to remove my tonsils and possibly my  adenoids?

Yes: Latent TB is not a clinical or obvious illness. So you are not contagious...Therefore surgery on your tonsils/adenoids should not be any problem if you are otherwise healthy and fit. ...Read more

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My daughter had surgery 9 days ago to have her tonsils and adenoids removed and just recently in the past 4 Nights she has been waking up screaming ?

My daughter had surgery 9 days ago to have her tonsils and adenoids removed and just recently in the past 4
Nights she has been waking up screaming ?

Tonsillectomy: Very normal. The pain isn't as bad the first few days as it is a good 5-10 days after surgery. Hopefully your ENT gave her pain meds to try to help her combat the pain. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more