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Study Shows Significant Benefits to Tonsillectomy in Prader - Willi Syndrome

By November 28, 2012

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Prader-Willi Syndrome is a genetic condition in which poor muscle tone, difficulty feeding, and other symptoms benefit from the administration of low dose growth hormone. However, growth hormone can also causes enlarged tonsils and adenoids and subsequent obstructive sleep apnea. Since another prevalent symptom of Prader-Willi syndrome is obesity, the cause of sleep apnea in patients with this disorder has not always been clear. However, a study published in the November issue of Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery says that the vast majority (about 89%) of these patients can be cured, or achieve significant improvement in their sleep apnea by having their tonsils and adenoids removed. You can read more about this study at Newswise.

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