Since 1965, when cor pulmonale secondary to enlarged tonsils and adenoids was first recognized, 4 of 36 cases (12%) have died. Six additional cases treated successfully, first medically and then surgically, are reported, one in detail. The early recognition and treatment of progressive upper airway obstruction is curative.
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