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The "Cochrane Corner" is a section in the journal that highlights systematic reviews relevant to otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, with invited commentary to aid clinical decision making. This installment features a Cochrane Review on tonsillectomy for obstructive sleep-disordered breathing (oSDB) in children, which finds moderate-quality evidence that surgery improves symptoms, behavior, and quality of life compared to nonsurgical management. The results apply to nonsyndromic children with SDB confirmed by polysomnography and must be balanced against a favorable natural history in many cases.

Original publication

DOI

10.1177/0194599816630972

Type

Journal article

Journal

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg

Publication Date

04/2016

Volume

154

Pages

581 - 585

Keywords

adenotonsillectomy, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep-disordered breathing, systematic review, tonsillectomy, Adenoidectomy, Humans, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive, Tonsillectomy