Tonsillectomy for Children

Tonsillectomy for Children – New Clinical Practice Guidelines

Should my child have their tonsils removed? Tonsil problems in children are among the most common health concerns that result in a referral of a child to an ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT or otolaryngologist).  Management methods of tonsil concerns such as frequent throat infections and problems associated with large tonsils continuously change over time as data from new research and clinical results are analyzed. Tonsillectomy, which almost always also includes adenoidectomy (removal of the tonsil tissue from the … Continued

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children – Recognition and Treatment

Sleeping difficulties such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can affect people of all ages, sizes, and genders, including children. Approximately 2 to 4 percent of children snore regularly, and about 24 percent of the pediatric population has obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea causes a child’s breathing to be interrupted during sleep, which the brain perceives as choking. This triggers several physiologic changes. The heart rate slows, blood pressure rises, the brain is aroused, and sleep is disrupted. … Continued

10 Indications For Referring Patients

10 Indications For Referring Patients With Chronic Nasal and Sinus Problems

These recommendations for patient referral are all based on the premise that the problem is recurrent or chronic over a long period of time. The parent or patient can usually clarify the chronicity of the problem more easily and accurately than reviewing the medical record because these problems alone often don’t prompt office visits. Adults with chronic post-nasal drip, nasal congestion and facial pressure. You may have to ask them since most patients probably believe nothing more can be done … Continued