Can risk factors for oxygen desaturation be predictors for post-operative apneic death in pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients?
Background: Recognition of treatment benefits for childhood OSA has led to more adenotonsillectomies being performed for sleep-related conditions. Major respiratory complications and death are rare, making risk factors all but impossible to study formally; however, risk factors for post-operative desaturation may be similar to those for post-operative apneic death.
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Study design: A retrospective analysis of 4,092 consecutive patients undergoing tonsillectomy who postoperatively desaturated between Jan. 5, 2009 and May 9, 2011.
Setting: Children’s Hospital Boston and two satellite centers.