Role of subtotal tonsillectomy (tonsillotomy) in children with sleep disordered breathing The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 12/24/2013 Clinical Article Wooda JM, et al. –
Sleep disordered breathing in children causes disturbance in behaviour and also in cardiorespiratory and neurocognitive function. Subtotal tonsillectomy (‘tonsillotomy’) has been performed to treat sleep disordered breathing, with outcomes comparable to established therapies such as total tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. This review critically assesses the role of subtotal tonsillectomy in a paediatric setting. In children, subtotal tonsillectomy is associated with fewer post–operative complications whilst having a comparable effect in improving sleep disordered breathing, compared with total tonsillectomy.