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Can sleep apnea as a child continue on to adulthood?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Charles Coleman
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
Absolute.
If the underlying cause of the sleep apnea is not addressed (e.g., obesity, enlarged tonsils) it is almost certain to persist into adulthood and will probably become worse with the passage of time.

In brief: Yes.
Absolute.
If the underlying cause of the sleep apnea is not addressed (e.g., obesity, enlarged tonsils) it is almost certain to persist into adulthood and will probably become worse with the passage of time.
Dr. Charles Coleman
Dr. Charles Coleman
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Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
A major risk factor for sleep apnea is a small airway due to smaller facial bones.
In childhood, this plus the relatively large size of the tonsils and adenoids is important for osa. In adulthood, the tonsils and adenoids become relatively small but the narrow or retruded facial bones (jaws) persist and the airway can further narrow with obesity as the tongue and neck walls enlarge.

In brief: Yes
A major risk factor for sleep apnea is a small airway due to smaller facial bones.
In childhood, this plus the relatively large size of the tonsils and adenoids is important for osa. In adulthood, the tonsils and adenoids become relatively small but the narrow or retruded facial bones (jaws) persist and the airway can further narrow with obesity as the tongue and neck walls enlarge.
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
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Dr. Sumeet Kumar
Neurology
In brief: Yea
Yes it can. If the child is on pap therapy s/he should periodically have a repeat sleep study to check the optimal pap device setting since it will change as the child grows.
Sometimes sleep apnea will resolve as the child grows.

In brief: Yea
Yes it can. If the child is on pap therapy s/he should periodically have a repeat sleep study to check the optimal pap device setting since it will change as the child grows.
Sometimes sleep apnea will resolve as the child grows.
Dr. Sumeet Kumar
Dr. Sumeet Kumar
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