Tonsil & Adenoid Removal Reduces Asthma
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Children with asthma who have their tonsils and adenoids (T&A) removed may experience fewer asthma symptoms.
Researchers from Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, California, followed 105 children with asthma (7-21 years) referred for sleep study for suspected sleep apnea. Twenty-four patients with sleep apnea required T&A, of which 11 patients followed through with surgery. Results indicated that asthma scores trended toward improvement with T&A. However, there was no significant increase in the lung function following T&A.
While researchers are still looking into the reasons why this improves asthma, this new discovery is a step in the right direction in helping asthma sufferers.
Source: CHEST 2012, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, held October 20 – 25, in Atlanta, Georgia