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Surgery improves quality of life for children with sleep apnea
Date:2/12/2008

of postoperative follow up, especially for children who had severe OSA.

Even though OSA resolved in the overwhelming majority of children after the surgery, it is still crucial to identify and treat children with persistent OSA, Mitchell says. Otherwise these children will continue to experience the health, behavioral and learning problems associated with OSA.

Several options for treating persistent OSA exist, including: nasal steroids, allergy treatment, additional surgery or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. Over time, some children who did not experience immediate resolution will normalize, Mitchell says. Children who are overweight must lose weight in conjunction with the surgery for a successful outcome.

Obese children and children with Downs syndrome or other genetic disorders that affect the craniofacial anatomy were excluded from the study because the rate of OSA is known to be higher.


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