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Clinical Challenges
October 2005

Preventing Dentofacial Abnormalities With the Proper Correction of Pediatric Upper Airway Obstruction

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005;131(10):916-918. doi:10.1001/archotol.131.10.916

Hypothesis: The proper correction of pediatric upper airway obstruction may prevent dentofacial abnormalities.

The concept that obstruction from tonsillar and/or adenoidal hypertrophy adversely effects dentofacial development was put forth as early as the 1840s. More than 150 years have passed, and the issue continues to be controversial. A review of the current literature reveals both passionate support of and opposition to the hypothesis.