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Tonsils out improves sleep in children

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Surgery to remove the tonsils and adenoids may improve behavior in children with sleep apnea.

A new study looked at almost 400 children with obstructive sleep apnea who either underwent adenoid and tonsil removal or waited to see if symptoms resolved without surgery.

There were no differences in cognitive skills between the two groups but the children who underwent surgery showed improved sleep quality, behavior and overall quality of life.

While early adenoid and tonsil removal may be the best option for some children, the study found sleep apnea was often resolved without surgery especially those with fewer symptoms.

This study was led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and published in 'New England Journal of Medicine.'

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