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Does a tonsillectomy cure sleep apnea?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It might

If the tonsils are huge and obstruct the airway then removing them might cure apnea.
Usually though apnea is due to airway obstruction caused by different areas including the nose palate and tongue. Best to see and ENT for an airway evaluation.

In brief: It might

If the tonsils are huge and obstruct the airway then removing them might cure apnea.
Usually though apnea is due to airway obstruction caused by different areas including the nose palate and tongue. Best to see and ENT for an airway evaluation.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually not

In children, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are nearly always the cause of sleep apnea.
In an adult, tonsillectomy alone is rarely curative. Unless the tonsils are very large and the apnea is mild.

In brief: Usually not

In children, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are nearly always the cause of sleep apnea.
In an adult, tonsillectomy alone is rarely curative. Unless the tonsils are very large and the apnea is mild.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: In children

Tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy can be helpful in curing sleep disordered breathing/sleep apnea in children.
In adults with sleep apnea, tonsillectomy alone, may be helpful but not curative.

In brief: In children

Tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy can be helpful in curing sleep disordered breathing/sleep apnea in children.
In adults with sleep apnea, tonsillectomy alone, may be helpful but not curative.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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