Assessment of sleep-disordered breathing in pediatric otitis media with effusion

Chien Chia Huang*, Pei Wen Wu, Cheng Hsun Chiu, Ta Jen Lee, Chyi Liang Chen

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Background: Given the role of adenoid in the pathogenesis of otitis media with effusion (OME) and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), the present study aimed to investigate the sleep quality and the impact of adenoidectomy on improvement of sleep symptoms in children with OME. Methods: Children with SDB or OME, aged 3–12 years, were prospectively enrolled before undergoing adenoidectomy in a tertiary medical center. The symptom severity of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) was evaluated by OSA-18 questionnaire on the day before and 6 months after surgery. Results: In total, 79 pediatric patients including 50 children with SDB and 29 children with OME were enrolled. The mean total OSA-18 score was 56.5 ± 15.1 and ten (34.5%) children experienced moderate to severe symptoms of OSAS as indicated by OSA-18 score ≥ 60 in OME group. After surgery, patients in both SDB and OME groups experienced improvement (both p < 0.001) and presented no difference in the scores of OSA-18. The proportional change in OSA-18 scores after surgery was related to pre-operative OSA-18 scores and BMI in OME patients (rs = 0.400 and 0.542, p = 0.047 and 0.008), and to pre-operative OSA-18 scores in patients with SDB (rs = 0.393, p = 0.008). Conclusion: Children with OME experienced significant symptoms of OSAS and associated impairment of quality of life. Adenoidectomy is effective in the improvement of sleep symptoms in these patients. Comprehensive assessment of sleep breathing as planning surgery for OME children is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalPediatrics and Neonatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 01 2022

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  • adenoidectomy
  • obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
  • otitis media with effusion
  • sleep-disordered breathing


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