Adenoid enlargement

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


Sleep apnoea and snoring.

Patient Data

Age: 9 years
Gender: Male

There is marked enlargement of the adenoids on this lateral film with narrowing of the posterior nasopharynx.

Case Discussion

Obstructive sleep apnea has a wide variety of causes. In children, adenoidal overgrowth can cause complete or partial obstruction of the posterior nasopharynx and result in obstructive symptoms, sleep disturbance, problems at school and generalized tiredness and lethargy.

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Case information

rID: 23605
Published: 27th Jun 2013
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Paediatrics
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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