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.
Clark WD. Preventing Dentofacial Abnormalities With the Proper Correction of Pediatric Upper Airway Obstruction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005;131(10):916–918. doi:10.1001/archotol.131.10.916
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