Tonsillectomy for sleep apnea may trigger weight gain

July 28, 2014 1:34 PM

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Tonsillectomy for sleep apnea may trigger weight gain

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tonsillectomies are commonly done to relieve sleep apnea in children, but a new study confirms that the treatment can speed kids' weight gain -- especially if they're already overweight.

The researchers said that's a concern, because obesity is a risk factor for a range of health problems -- including, ironically, sleep apnea. But they're not advising against tonsillectomy for kids who need it.

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