Adenoiditis surgery

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Adenoiditis Microchapters


Patient Information


Historical Perspective




Differentiating Adenoiditis from other Diseases

Epidemiology and Demographics

Risk Factors


Natural History, Complications and Prognosis


Diagnostic Criteria

History and Symptoms

Physical Examination

Laboratory Findings

X Ray



Other Imaging Findings

Other Diagnostic Studies


Medical Therapy


Primary Prevention

Secondary Prevention

Cost-Effectiveness of Therapy

Future or Investigational Therapies

Case Studies

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


Surgery is not the first-line treatment option for patients with adenoiditis. Adenoidectomy is usually reserved for patients with chronic persistent adenoiditis whom developed adenoid hypertrophy.


In case of adenoid hypertrophy, adenoidectomy may be performed to remove the adenoid. Adenoidectomy has been shown to be effective independent of the size of the adenoids.[1]

Adenoidectomy methods

  • Adenoid curette guided by an indirect trans oral mirror and a headlight
  • Electrocautery adenoidectomy[2]
  • Curved suction electrical coagulator[3]
  • Curved microdebrider shaver transorally  guided by a transoral indirect mirror or a 45-degree endoscope[4]
  • Endoscopic-guided adenoidectomy using a classic adenoid curette[5]


  1. El-Badrawy A, Abdel-Aziz M (2009). "Transoral endoscopic adenoidectomy". Int J Otolaryngol. 2009: 949315. doi:10.1155/2009/949315. PMC 2809357. PMID 20111586.
  2. Elluru RG, Johnson L, Myer CM (2002). "Electrocautery adenoidectomy compared with curettage and power-assisted methods". Laryngoscope. 112 (8 Pt 2 Suppl 100): 23–5. doi:10.1002/lary.5541121409. PMID 12172234.
  3. Stanislaw P, Koltai PJ, Feustel PJ (2000). "Comparison of power-assisted adenoidectomy vs adenoid curette adenoidectomy". Arch. Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg. 126 (7): 845–9. PMID 10888996.
  4. Koltai PJ, Chan J, Younes A (2002). "Power-assisted adenoidectomy: total and partial resection". Laryngoscope. 112 (8 Pt 2 Suppl 100): 29–31. PMID 12172236.
  5. Wan YM, Wong KC, Ma KH (2005). "Endoscopic-guided adenoidectomy using a classic adenoid curette: a simple way to improve adenoidectomy". Hong Kong Med J. 11 (1): 42–4. PMID 15687515.