How effective is adenoidectomy for recurrent or chronic nasal symptoms in children?
Due to the lack of data on factors that may modify the effect of adenoidectomy, such as age, adenoid size or allergic rhinitis, it was not possible to perform subgroup analyses and identify children that may benefit more or less from the operation. Both studies reviewed were small (76 and 180 participants, respectively), and differed regarding inclusion criteria and outcomes measured.
Infections of the upper respiratory tract, presenting as recurrent nasal symptoms (nasal discharge with or without nasal obstruction) are very common in children. Adenoidectomy is frequently performed and is thought to prevent recurrence of nasal symptoms.