Daytime Hypoxia, Sleep Disturbance, Nocturnal Hypoxaemia and Retarded Growth in Young Children Who Snore (Before and After Adenotonsillectomy) Compared with Control Children

  • J. R. Stradling
  • G. Thomas
  • A. Freeland
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This short paper describes the preliminary findings of an unfinished prospective study. Sleep apnoea in children is a well-recognized condition but is generally regarded as rare and easily recognized when a problem. However, previous reports have emphasized the diverse, and often nonspecific, symptoms and presentations of such children [1-3]. The symptoms varied from hyperactivity, bad behaviour and poor school performance, through to lethargy, withdrawal and severe psychological problems [1]. The usual cause of the sleep apnoea was tonsillar enlargement [1]. Thus we wondered if sleep apnoea was being underdiagnosed in children with recurrent tonsillitis because of the non-specificity of symptoms.


Sleep Disturbance Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Control Child Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome Poor School Performance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. R. Stradling
    • 1
  • G. Thomas
    • 2
  • A. Freeland
    • 2
  1. 1.Oster Chest UnitChurchill HospitalOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Oster Chest Unit and Department of OtolaryngologyOxford HospitalsOxfordUnited Kingdom

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