Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea in infants and young toddlers

Joseph S. Brigance, R. Christopher Miyamoto, Peter Schilt, Derek Houston, Jennifer L. Wiebke, Deborah Givan, Bruce H. Matt

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Objective: Review surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in infants and young toddlers compared with a medically treated group. Study Design: Case series with chart review of children younger than 24 months treated at a tertiary pediatric hospital between 2000 and 2005. Subjects and Methods: Surgical treatment included adenotonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, and tonsillectomy. Polysomnography results, comorbidities, and major complications were recorded. The change in apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) before and after treatment was analyzed. Logistic regression analysis reviewed effects of comorbidities and OSA severity on complications. Results: A total of 73 children met inclusion criteria. The surgical treatment group (AHI) improved posttreatment: mean AHI change was 9.6 (95% CI, 5.8-13.4). The medical treatment group did not improve posttreatment: mean AHI change was -3.0 (95% CI, -15.1 to 9.1). The difference in AHI change between surgical and medical groups was 12.56 (95% CI, 2.7-22.4). An independent t test found this difference to be statistically significant (P = 0.01). Eleven (18%) patients suffered significant postoperative surgical complications; 55 surgical patients and 8 medical patients had comorbidities. There were no long-term morbidities or mortalities. Conclusions: AHI in the surgically treated group significantly improved. The complication rate for a tertiary pediatric hospital population that included patients with multiple comorbidities was acceptable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)912-916
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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