Hello Guest, Welcome to Apnea Board !
As a guest, you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use.
To post a message, you must create a free account using a valid email address.

or Create an Account


New Posts   Today's Posts

Can large tonsils cause sleep apnea? Would removing them prevent sleep apnea?
#1
Can large tonsils cause sleep apnea? Would removing them prevent sleep apnea?
I was wondering something. Doctors say I have large tonsils and when I look in the mirror they do look big. Suppose I had my tonsils removed. Would that prevent sleep apnea from happening? How can you know in advance whether that would make a difference?

Does anyone know anyone who has been cured of sleep apnea by having large tonsils removed?

Also, are tonsils vestigial? Do you need them? What function do they serve?
Post Reply Post Reply






Donate to Apnea Board  
#2
RE: Can large tonsils cause sleep apnea? Would removing them prevent sleep apnea?
There’s a good article on tonsils on Wikipedia. They help fight colds for one thing. This is
 worth discussing with your sleep doctor or ENT.
Geoffrey Rush as Philip Henslowe, (Shakespeare in Love) "I don't know. It's a mystery."
Post Reply Post Reply
#3
RE: Can large tonsils cause sleep apnea? Would removing them prevent sleep apnea?
Tonsil removal is often recommended for young children with OSA. In adults, it could contribute. To determine if it is consult a good ENT that is not surgery happy.

Tonsils are part of our immune .system. in the past they were very routinely removed, not so much today.
Gideon - Project Manager and Lead Tester for OSCAR - Open Source CPAP Analysis Reporter

Download OSCAR
New to Apnea? Helpful tips to ensure success
Soft Cervical Collar
Mask Primer
Dealing with a DME
Organize Charts
Optimizing Therapy
Post Reply Post Reply
#4
RE: Can large tonsils cause sleep apnea? Would removing them prevent sleep apnea?
I'd say if removal would be helpful is as others mentioned, discuss with an ENT. I myself am doubtful of anything guaranteeing there'd be no sleep apnea after the procedure however. You'd have had to have very little apnea in the first place for some procedure or any sort diminish apnea to the level of being basically cured. I'm just skeptical of things that sound like a magic pill that cures apnea.
Dave

OSCAR
Standard OSCAR Chart Order
Mask Primer
Dealing With A DME
Soft Cervical Collar Wiki
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEBSITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
Post Reply Post Reply






Donate to Apnea Board  
#5
RE: Can large tonsils cause sleep apnea? Would removing them prevent sleep apnea?
Mine were removed as a young kid, and I'm not even sure why.  Dont-know
Post Reply Post Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
Money [Equipment] Finally diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. I need advise on what equipment to get. xProtify 8 170 9 hours ago
Last Post: Sleeprider
  Is it possible to fix dry eyes it they are caused by sleep? CentralApneaUser909 3 112 02-25-2021, 04:59 PM
Last Post: jaswilliams
  [Diagnosis] Possible mild sleep apnea?? Could this be causing my symptoms? lezz 5 151 02-23-2021, 12:34 AM
Last Post: Hydrangea
  Daytime central apnea? JerKaphant 3 154 02-22-2021, 08:37 PM
Last Post: JerKaphant
  Diagnosed with Central Apnea, but doc refusing treatment. Need help (UK) CentralApneaUser909 20 620 02-22-2021, 11:31 AM
Last Post: Dormeo
  3 Months Until Sleep Study Hoagie73 126 3,046 02-22-2021, 12:51 AM
Last Post: JerKaphant
Sad [Treatment] Removing mask at night davidtren12 16 306 02-21-2021, 06:17 PM
Last Post: Hydrangea


New Posts   Today's Posts






About Apnea Board

Apnea Board is an educational web site designed to empower Sleep Apnea patients.