The Role of Tonsillectomy in Adults with Tonsillar Hypertroph and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Smith MM, Peterson E, and Yaremchuk KL. The role of tonsillectomy in adults with tonsillar hypertrophy and obstructive sleep apnea Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2017 Aug;157(2):331-335.
Otolaryngology and head and neck surgery
Objective To determine if tonsillectomy alone is an effective treatment in improving obstructive sleep apnea in adult subjects with tonsillar hypertrophy and to evaluate the effect of tonsillectomy on patient-reported quality-of-life indices. Study Design Case series with planned data collection. Setting Academic hospital. Subjects and Methods Thirty-four subjects completed enrollment and intervention from January 2011 to January 2016. Subjects completed pre- and postoperative quality-of-life questionnaires, including the Insomnia Severity Index, Epworth Sleepiness Scale, and the Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire-10. Surgical response to treatment was defined by a >50% decrease in the Apnea-Hypopnea Index and a decrease in the overall Apnea-Hypopnea Index to
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Female; Humans; Hypertrophy; Male; Palatine Tonsil; Quality of Life; Self Report; Severity of Illness Index; Sleep Apnea, Obstructive; Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders; Surveys and Questionnaires; Tonsillectomy; Treatment Outcome