Adenoidal hypertrophy

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


Sleep apnea and snoring.

Patient Data

Age: 9 years
Gender: Male

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

Case Discussion

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

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Case information

rID: 23605
Published: 27th Jun 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Paediatrics
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included