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Pediatrics. 2003 Mar;111(3):e236-8.

Frequency of surgery among children who have adenotonsillar hypertrophy and improve after treatment with nasal beclomethasone.

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  • 1Dipartimento di Pediatria, Universit√† di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy.



To describe the long-term outcome of a cohort of children with symptomatic adenotonsillar hypertrophy treated with aqueous nasal beclomethasone.


The children enrolled completed a 4-week single-blind, saline solution controlled crossover study of aqueous beclomethasone (total: 400 micro g/d). In a 24-week open-label follow-on study, beclomethasone 200 micro g/d was offered to all patients. During a 100-week follow-up, the degree of nasal obstruction and the frequency of adenotonsillectomy were assessed.


Fifty-three children of the 60 enrolled completed the study. After the 4-week crossover trial, the severity of nasal obstruction of 24 children (45%) significantly decreased during the use of nasal steroids, but no child improved when saline solution was used. At 24, 52, and 100 weeks, the 24 children who had initially improved showed a significant decrease of the severity of nasal obstruction and of the frequency of adenotonsillectomy (54% vs 83%) compared with the 29 children who had not responded after the initial steroidal therapy.


Evidence from this study suggests that 45% of children with adenoidal hypertrophy improved after 2 weeks of steroidal therapy. Among these children, an additional 24-week treatment at a lower steroid dosage was associated with a significant 52- and 100-week clinical improvement and with reduction of adenotonsillectomy compared with children (55%) who had not responded after the initial 2-week steroidal therapy.

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