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Current demand of paediatric otolaryngology input for children with Down's syndrome in a tertiary referral centre

  • M Khalid-Raja (a1) and K Tzifa (a1)

Abstract

Objective:

This study aimed to evaluate the activity of paediatric otolaryngology services required for children with Down's syndrome in a tertiary referral centre.

Methods:

A review of the paediatric otolaryngology input for children with Down's syndrome was performed; data were obtained from the coding department for a two-year period and compared with other surgical specialties.

Results:

Between June 2011 and May 2013, 106 otolaryngology procedures were performed on children with Down's syndrome. This compared to 87 cardiac and 81 general paediatrics cases. The most common pathologies in children with Down's syndrome were obstructive sleep apnoea, otitis media, hearing loss and cardiac disease. The most common otolaryngology procedures performed were adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy, grommet insertion and bone-anchored hearing aid implant surgery.

Conclusion:

ENT manifestations of Down's syndrome are common. Greater provisions need to be made to streamline the otolaryngology services for children and improve transition of care to adult services.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr Mamoona Khalid-Raja, ENT Department, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK E-mail: Mamoona.Khalid-Raja@heartofengland.nhs.uk

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