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Guest:  Dr. Christopher Discolo – Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, MUSC

Host:  MUSC


MUSC:  Snoring is not just a disturbance within the adult population.  Dr. Christopher Discolo of MUSC Children’s Hospital talks about snoring in children.


Dr. Christopher Discolo:  It’s estimated that up to ten percent of all children snore at night.  Snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, which is a condition where a person has blockage of their breathing for short periods during sleep.


MUSC:  Why do some children experience sleep apnea?


Dr. Christopher Discolo:  The most common cause is enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids, which block the breathing passages during sleep.


MUSC:  What are some of the symptoms of sleep apnea?


Dr. Christopher Discolo:  Many families will witness pauses in breathing while their child is sleeping.  Because sleep is disturbed, many children will have daytime symptoms, including fatigue, attention problems, or even hyperactive behavior. Removal of the tonsils and adenoids has been shown to be a very effective treatment option.


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