Paediatric adenotonsillectomy, part 1: surgical perspectives relevant to the anesthetist

Key points

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) syndrome is a multiorgan systemic inflammatory condition.
  • Obstructive sleep-disordered breathing is the most common indication for adenotonsillectomy (AT).
  • Overnight oximetry can diagnose OSA in children.
  • There is no consensus for the indications, approach or technique of AT to treat OSA.
  • Adenotonsillectomy normalises OSA sleep study variables in approximately 80% of children; the long-term treatment benefits of AT for OSA and sore throat are unclear.

Lead Researchers

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  1. Jean-Philippe Vaccani

    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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