Childrens quality of life after adenotonsillectomy
A. Kanmaz , T. Muderris , S. Bercin and M. Krs 2 1 2
Birecik State Hospital, Otorhinolaryngology Division, anlurfa, Turkey; Ataturk Education and Research Hospital, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Ankara, Turkey
Adenotonsillectomy; quality of life; children
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Childrens quality of life after adenotonsillectomy.Objective: Although adenotonsillectomy is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the pediatric population, its impact on health-related quality of life (HRQL) has not been well established. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of adenotonsillectomy ocnhildrens HRQL. Methods: Parents of the children who underwent adenotonsillectomy were invited to our clinic approximately one year after the surgery for a face-to-face survey to evaluate their childs HRQL. In total, 119 parents of children who under- went adenotonsillectomy for different reasons were interviewed. To quantify the benefit of the operation, the Glasgow Childrens Benefit Inventory (GCBI) was used. Results: The mean GCBI score was 58 ± 17.5 (minimum 22.9, maximum 79.2), indicating an increase in overall HRQL. Gender had no influence on the GCBI scores (p>0.05). Satisfaction scores of the children aged 26 years were signifi- cantly higher than those of other age groups. Conclusion: Surgical treatment of chronic adenotonsillar disease has a positive impact on childrens HRQL. Although surgery is highly effective in all age groups, in terms of childrens quality of life, better results can be obtained if the operation is done in the earliest years of life.
Vol. 9, 2013, 4th trimester

Childrens quality of life after adenotonsillectomy