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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Key Points about Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is when a child briefly stops breathing while sleeping. It often occurs because of a blockage in the airway.
  • The most common cause is large tonsils and adenoids in the upper airway.
  • Loud snoring or noisy breathing while sleeping is a main symptom. Your child may also be irritable, sleepy or hyperactive during the day.
  • A sleep study is the best way to diagnose the condition.
  • If your child has large tonsils and adenoids, having them surgically removed may help.
  • What is obstructive sleep apnea?
  • What causes obstructive sleep apnea?
  • What are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?
  • How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed?
  • How is obstructive sleep apnea treated?
  • What are possible complications of obstructive sleep apnea?
Children's Team

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Providers

George Zalzal

George Zalzal

Division Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Pamela Mudd

Pamela Mudd

Director, Pediatric Voice Program
Otolaryngologist
Diego Preciado

Diego Preciado

Vice Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Brian Reilly

Brian Reilly

Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Rahul Shah

Rahul Shah

Vice President
Chief Quality and Safety Officer
Acting CMIO
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Departments

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