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Does anyone know if a person doesn't get there tonsils out in adolescence can lead to sleep apnea?

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Dr. Mark Birnbach
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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In brief: Sleep apnea

Enlarged tonsils ( and adenoids) can be connected to sleep apnea, however, their presence is not a guarantee of developing this condition.
There are several other factors that can play a role: being overweight, nasal obstructions-deviated septum, allergies, enlarged turbonates , and allergies to name a few.

In brief: Sleep apnea

Enlarged tonsils ( and adenoids) can be connected to sleep apnea, however, their presence is not a guarantee of developing this condition.
There are several other factors that can play a role: being overweight, nasal obstructions-deviated septum, allergies, enlarged turbonates , and allergies to name a few.
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Only if they grow

The tonsils would have to grow enormously to obstruct and cause apnea by themselves.

In brief: Only if they grow

The tonsils would have to grow enormously to obstruct and cause apnea by themselves.
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Yes and No

Sleep apnea is a multi-level and multi-factorial disease.
If the tonsils are very large (4+) then yes it could lead to apnea. But many patients with apnea have small tonsils because they might have a long palate or large base of tongue. Weight has a major impact on the development of sleep apnea.

In brief: Yes and No

Sleep apnea is a multi-level and multi-factorial disease.
If the tonsils are very large (4+) then yes it could lead to apnea. But many patients with apnea have small tonsils because they might have a long palate or large base of tongue. Weight has a major impact on the development of sleep apnea.
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