DepressionThe Question: Does an adenotonsillectomy increase the risks of excessive weight gain and obesity?

The Study: The researchers reviewed the records of nearly 2,000 patients 18 years old and under who underwent an adenotonsillectomy. They were able to adequately follow up on 815 patients. They compared the children’s preoperative weight with their weight up to 27 months after their surgery.

The Results: The greatest weight increase was seen in children who were smaller and younger. The older children didn’t have a significant post-operative weight gain.

Comment: This study demonstrated a post-operative weight gain only in children who were small and underweight. The children were not more likely to become obese than children with no indication for an adenotonsillectomy.

Read More: JAMA Oncology, 06/14

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