Adenoiditis diagnostic criteria

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Mahshid Mir, M.D. [2]

Overview

There are no criteria for the diagnosis of adenoiditis. However, seeing inflamed and hypertrophied adenoid tissue with flexible or rigid nasopharyngoscopy can be used as a criteria for adenoidectomy in patients suspected to chronic adenoiditis.

Diagnostic criteria

Adenoiditis diagnosis can be confirmed if during flexible or rigid nasopharyngoscopy inflamed adenoid tissue is seen.[1]

  • Flexible or rigid nasopharyngoscopy can provide a direct visualization of nasopharynx and Waldeyer ring so the inflamed adenoid tissue can be seen too.
  • Seeing inflamed and hypertrophied adenoid tissue with flexible or rigid nasopharyngoscopy can be used as a criteria for adenoidectomy in patients suspected of chronic adenoiditis.

References

  1. Capaccio P, Torretta S, Marciante GA, Marchisio P, Forti S, Pignataro L (2016). "Endoscopic Adenoidectomy in Children With Otitis Media With Effusion and Mild Hearing Loss". Clin Exp Otorhinolaryngol. 9 (1): 33–8. PMC 4792239Freely accessible. PMID 26976024. doi:10.21053/ceo.2016.9.1.33. 

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