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Adenotonsillectomy reduces acute asthma exacerbations in children, study shows

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6575 (Published 05 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6575
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Children who undergo adenotonsillectomy have a 30% reduction in acute exacerbations of asthma in the year after their surgery compared with the year before, a large US study has shown.1

Childhood asthma and obstructive sleep apnoea are both associated with airway inflammation. Adenotonsillectomy is the first line treatment for childhood sleep apnoea but its role in asthma is currently unclear.

To investigate whether removing the adenoids and tonsils might be beneficial in asthma, a team from the University of …

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