Lingual Tonsillectomy in a Child with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Novel Technique

Authors

  • Brendan A. Kluszynski MD, MS,

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    1. Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
    • Brendan Kluszynski, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, 699 Riley Research Wing, Indianapolis, IN 46202, U.S.A.
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  • Bruce H. Matt MD, MS

    1. Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
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Abstract

We report on a case of lingual tonsillar hyperplasia contributing to refractory obstructive sleep apnea in a 5-year-old patient. We describe a novel technique utilizing suspension laryngoscopy and a laryngeal angled shaver to remove obstructive lingual tonsillar tissue. We review the available techniques for lingual tonsillectomy and propose theoretical advantages to the novel approach.

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