Long-term parental satisfaction with adenotonsillectomy: a population study

Wojciech Kukwa, Andrzej Kukwa, Adam Galazka, Anna M. Czarnecka, Antoni Krzeski, Ewa Migacz, Stacey L. Ishman

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Objective: This study reports the presence of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) symptoms among first graders. We evaluated the severity of symptoms and parental satisfaction in children who had undergone adenotonsillectomy (T&A) compared to children who never had T&A. Methods: A population-based, cross-sectional study was conducted. Parent-reported questionnaire data including age, weight, height, BMI, history of T&A, and SDB symptoms (snoring intensity, observed dyspneas, mouth breathing during sleep) were analyzed. Results: Of 3580 eligible children, 2504 (69.9 %) returned questionnaires. Two hundred fifty-nine (10.3 %) children had a history of T&A. Within this group, 76 % of parents were still satisfied with their child’s outcome after surgery. The satisfaction rate decreased from 88.9 % in those who had surgery within 1 year to 71.3 % in those who had surgery ≥3 years prior. The mean values of intensity for all analyzed SDB symptoms on a five-point scale were significantly higher for children who had ever undergone T&A when compared to those who never underwent surgery [e.g., snoring (2.11 vs 1.87; P = 0.0004), dyspneas (1.64 vs 1.22; P < 0.0001), and mouth breathing during sleep (2.95 vs 2.58; P < 0.0001)]. For those who had undergone T&A, 24 % of caregivers were not satisfied with the surgical outcome and the symptom intensity was highest (snoring = 3.16, dyspneas = 2.20, and mouth breathing = 4.23) for these children. Conclusions: The mean SDB symptom intensity was significantly higher in children who had undergone T&A when compared to those who had not. The elevated symptom intensity in those children whose caregivers were not satisfied after T&A suggests possible SDB recurrence and need for further evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1425-1429
Number of pages5
JournalSleep and Breathing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Adenotonsillectomy
  • Children
  • Questionnaire
  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Snoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Clinical Neurology


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