Objective: To describe the positive health outcomes following chiropractic care of a child with adenotonsillar hypertrophy and associated sleep disordered breathing.
Clinical Features: A two-year old female presented with sleep disordered breathing along with medically diagnosed hypertrophy of her adenoids and tonsils. She was prescribed Fluticasone steroid spray and a surgical consult. The chiropractic examination revealed a subluxation at the atlas and right ilium.
Interventions and Outcomes: The infant received chiropractic care utilizing Toggle Recoil and Activator Methods. Within <2 weeks of care, the infant’s mother reported a 50% reduction in her presenting symptoms. After 15 visits over a 12-week period, the patient attended a follow-up with her pediatrician. There was no evidence of hypertrophy of adenoids/tonsils surgical intervention was not indicated.
Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence that a child with adenotonsillar hypertrophy and sleep disordered breathing may benefit from chiropractic care.
Author keywords: Adenotonsillar hypertrophy, sleep disordered breathing, obstructive sleep apnea, subluxation, chiropractic care, adenotonsilectomy, pediatric chiropractic, adjustment, spinal manipulation
Author affiliations: IS: Private Practice of Chiropractic, Lake Worth, Florida, United States; CC: Director of Personal Training, Atlanta, Georgia, United States; JA: International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, Pennsylvania, United States
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