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Tonsilectomies to Treat Sleep Apnea

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Children with Sleep Apnea can be at risk for problems such as behavioral issues, cardiovascular problems, poor growth and developmental delays.
Air Date: 11/7/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Carole L. Marcus, MD
carole marcus resizedCarole L. Marcus, M.B.B.Ch. is  a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician.  She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Sleep center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Marcus is a Deputy Associate Editor for the journal Sleep, and has authored  more than 85 research articles and more than 45 reviews and book chapters. 

    Tonsilectomies to Treat Sleep Apnea
    Children with Sleep Apnea can be, if untreated, at risk for problems such as behavioral issues, cardiovascular problems, poor growth and developmental delays.

    Adenotonsillectomy can be effective in treating OSAS and is recommended as the first line of therapy. Obesity can be a risk factor, so physicians recommend weight loss in addition to other therapies in overweight or obese children.
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