Objectives: to compare safety and long-term symptoms after TE compared to Subtotal Tonsillectomy (STT). Methods: A retrospective review data of 412 patients, one to twelve years old that underwent either TE or STT, as treatment for sleep disorder breathing, at two different medical centers. Symptoms were assessed by a questionnaire 3–5 years post-surgery. Additionally, data regarding immediate post-operative symptoms and complications were also collected. Results: Long-term symptoms score was significantly lower in the TE group: 1.585 (±1.719) compared to 1.967 (±1.815) in the STT group (p = 0.033); 51.3% of patients in the ST group presented long-term SDB symptoms, compared to 40.6% in the TE group (p = 0.035); The main difference between the groups was snoring as 49% of the STT group suffered from snoring, versus 28.9% in the TE group (p < 0.001). Conclusions: TE showed an advantage over STT in resolving snoring in the long term.
|Journal||American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery|
|State||Published - 1 Jul 2022|
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Sleep disordered breathing
- Subtotal tonsillectomy
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