Is sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

See ENT to evaluate . Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can inhibit airflow and thereby contribute to sleep apnea. See an ENT to evaluate these tissues as well as checking for nasal polyps and deviated septum.
Question? Can sleep apnea happen because of this absolutely seek an ENT or a sleep dentist for a better diagnosis.

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I have a goiter as well as enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Possible sleep apnea. Can goiter play a role in sleep apnea or just soft palative tissues?

Possible. A very large goiter can cause some blockage of your airway which can contribute to apnea. Mostly likely your enlarged tonsils and adenoids are more to blame. Read more...
Yes. Yes, obstructive sleep apnea is worsened by any factors that create blockage in the upper airway (throat). Extra tissue in a redundant ('floppy') soft palate, hypertrophied adenoids or tonsils, or even, rarely, a thyroid enlarged by goiter large enough to push the airway inward and narrow it further. Read more...
Unlikely. Your thyroid would have to be extremely large to cause enough compression of your airway to contribute to sleep apnea. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can be associated with sleep apnea. Further workup should include a sleep study to evaluate for sleep apnea, thyroid blood work, and a thyroid ultrasound. A good general ENT doctor can evaluate you for all of this. Read more...

I have chronic severely enlarged tonsils meeting in midline. I know I snore. What are the chances I have sleep apnea?

Mgt. I would suggest an inbox consultation. You may have sleep apnea, based on your risk factors, but more information may be provided during the consult. Read more...

Could I have obstructive sleep apnea without having enlarged tonsils?

Yes. Yes, many anatomical variations can result in osa. Obesity, small jaw, large tongue, deviated septum to name a few. Read more...
Of course. Sleep apnea is due to obstruction of the oropharyngeal airway usually at the level of the tongue or epiglottis. Two-thirds of patients with OSA are overweight and fatty infiltration of the neck and tongue may also contribute to airway obstruction during sleep. Read more...

Help! Is it possible to have obstructive sleep apnea without having enlarged tonsils?

Sleep Apnea. Yes it is possible. Are you overweight? Have you had any surgery for the Sleep Apnea like a UPPP? Do you have a small jaw structure? How old are you? Sleep apnea increases as we get older. Have you had a sleep test? What is your BMI? What is the size of your neck? Do you have high blood pressure or diabetes? Are you sleepy during the day? Read more...
Yes. In addition to possible causes provided in another answer, an elongated wide soft palate and uvula as well as a large tongue may also contribute or cause obstructive sleep apnea (Mallampati score and Friedman tongue position may be used as preliminary indices). Read more...
Of course. Obstructive sleep apnea is due to obstruction of the oropharyngeal airway usually at the level of the tongue or epiglottis. Tonsils could be a factor, comorbidity, but not the cause. Read more...

I have very enlarged tonsils meeting in midline that cause sleep apnea. Will ignoring/not treating it be dangerous?

Sometimes bad things. In an old Western movie, one guy might shoot another for annoyingly loud snoring. In the real world, sleep apnea (OSA) causes daytime drowsiness and fatigue, so driving can kill someone. Nightly low blood oxygen can cause sudden death from heart arrhythmia. Heart artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, memory problems, morning headache, mood swings, depressed feelings, irritability... Read more...

Are large tonsils responsible for sleep apnea?

Can be. They certainly can make the airway easier to obstruct during sleep. Read more...
Mainly in children. In children, the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils and adenoids in the upper airway. Infections may cause these glands to enlarge. In adults the tonsils usually can not get large enough to block the airway. Read more...
Tonsils often large. There are many variables with obstructive sleep apnea, and tonsils are often part of the problem. Even with removal, the treatment may be incomplete. Further evaluation after tonsil removal is needed. Oral appliance therapy is often still recommended. Read more...

I have sleep apnea, large tonsils, acid reflux. Everytime I fall asleep, aftr a few sec, I suddenly wake up like gasping for air.?

Here is an option. The first question is are you over weight or obese? If your sleep apnea is due to obesity first concentrate on weight loss. If you are morbidly obese then consider an appointment with a bariatric surgeon. Simple solution is to put the head of the bed on some 2x4 to elevate your head. Discuss this with your primary or lung specialist that diagnosed your sleep apnea. Read more...
Sounds like it. You should see a sleep physician for an evaluation and diagnosis before discussing treatment options. Read more...