The researchers have found a new way of treating asthma. According to a new study, asthma attacks can be lessened with the removal of tonsils and adenoids surgically in children suffering from sleep apnea.
The study was conducted by the researchers at the University of Chicago.
In a released statement, lead study author Rakesh Bhattacharjee, said, “Previous research works have shown a strong association between asthma and obstructive sleep apnea. Both the cohavemmon inflammatory health conditions lead to impairment of breathing in children.”
Bhattacharjee is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago.
“But we wanted to examine the strength of the connection when studied in a much larger population,” he added.
For the study, the research group involved more than 40,000 children aged between three and 17 and analyzed their data.
About 13,500 of the participating children who had asthma got their adenoids and tonsils removed in order to improve their obstructive sleep apnea. The researchers had compared the asthma symptoms of all of these children both a year before surgery and a year after.
The data gathered a year after the surgery showed that children who underwent the procedure saw a 38 percent reduction in acute status asthmatic and 30 percent decline in acute asthma exacerbations.
Then the researchers compared the data to that of over 27,000 kids having asthma but have not undergone ant surgery for their tonsils and adenoids. Both the groups were matched for sex, age and location.
The research team observed that the patients who undergone surgery had a 37 percent decline in asthma-related hospitalizations and a 26 percent reduction decline in asthma-related emergency room visits. However, those participants who did not go under knife have no apparent reductions.
The study was published in PLOS Medicine.