Tonsillectomies Can Treat ADHD

By wisequack at December 2, 2012 | 1:29 pm | Print

Tonsillectomies Can Treat ADHD

Did you know that undergoing a tonsillectomy may actually treat some cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?  That’s because it has been found that ADHD can be related to sleep disordered breathing and children who have chronically enlarged tonsils may develop a form of obstructive sleep apnea with associated lack of oxygen during the night.

This in turn can lead to behavioural consequences such as inattention and hyperactivity.  In fact, a study published in the journal of Pediatrics found that ½ of those children with ADHD who required a tonsillectomy no longer exhibited sign and symptoms of a behavioural disorder one year after the surgery.  So, the next time your kid is running around and screaming, it might not be a bad idea to rip his tonsils out…

 

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