Health Tip: Reasons for Adenoid Removal

Why your child might need the procedure

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(HealthDay News) -- Adenoids are glands that are found between the airway and the back of the throat. When the adenoids are removed, the procedure is called adenoidectomy.

Adenoidectomy is most often performed on children, and rarely on adults. The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this list of reasons for why a child might need an adenoidectomy:

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose because of enlarged adenoids.
  • Frequent snoring.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Recurrent ear infections that affect attendance at school or occur five times or more per year.
  • Frequent tonsillitis infections.

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