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Case Rep Pediatr. 2012;2012:514514. doi: 10.1155/2012/514514. Epub 2012 Nov 5.

Life-threatening obstructive sleep apnea caused by adenoid hypertrophy in an infant with noonan syndrome.

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  • 1IP Santé, 94200 Ivry sur Seine, France ; Pediatric Pulmonary Department, AP-HP, Hôpital Armand Trousseau, 75012 Paris, France.


Adenoidectomy is a commonly performed surgery in children, even though its effectiveness is still under investigation. However, in children with risk factors such as age under 3 years old, associated comorbidities, or severe obstructive sleep apneas, a high postoperative respiratory morbidity is possible. We report the case of a 15-month-old boy with Noonan syndrome and a complex clinical history, who presented with a life-threatening obstructive sleep apnea due to hypertrophy of the adenoids which resolved completely after adenoidectomy.

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