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June 2018 Vol. 6 No.6

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Merit Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (ISSN: 2354-323X) Vol. 6(6) pp. 200-203, June, 2018 

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Original Research Article

Obstructive Adenotonsillar Disease in Children: What are the Parental Concerns?


Kolo Emmanuel Sara


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bayero University/Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria.

Email: emmyk90@yahoo.com
Phone: 08037015574

Accepted June 11, 2018




Given the variety and complexity of problems associated with enlarged adenoids and tonsils in children, it is often typical for parents or the entire family to be apprehensive or even overwhelmed. This study aims to find sleep-related concerns of parents of children with obstructive adenotonsillar disease in our environment. This was a descriptive cross sectional study of children with obstructive adenotonsillar disease at the ENT clinics of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, North-Western Nigeria. A total of 38 children were studied. The overall mean parental concern score was 4.42 + 1.29 (95% CI, 3.95 – 4.89). The mean parental concern score for males was 4.13 + 1.59 (95% CI, 3.28 – 4.97) and that for females was 4.73 + 0.80 (95% CI, 4.29 – 5.18). There was no significant difference for parental concern between males and females (t = -1.36; P= 0.19). The mean parental concern score for children < 5 years was 4.50 + 1.47 (95% CI, 3.81 – 5.19) and for those > 5years was 4.14 + 0.69 (95% CI, 3.50 – 4.78). There was no significant difference for parental concern between children < 5 years and for those > 5years (t= 0.85; P= 0.40). With regards the other domains analyzed, this study found that parental concern scores correlated significantly only with sleep disorder scores (r = 0.59; P= 0.00).This study found that irrespective of their children’s socio-demographic characteristics; parents were significantly concerned about this disorder especially as it relates to their sleep state.

Keywords: Adenotonsillar hypertrophy, Adenoids, Tonsils, Parental concern.






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