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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2013 May;77(5):762-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2013.02.005. Epub 2013 Feb 28.

Benefits of frenulotomy in infants with ankyloglossia.

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Pinderfields Hospital, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. neerajsethi@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Ankyloglossia is a common, congenital abnormality often causing feeding difficulties in infants. This study aimed to evaluate indications and outcomes of frenulotomy performed in infants with ankyloglossia for breast-feeding difficulties.

METHODS:

85 patients were prospectively identified as they underwent frenulotomy in Pinderfields Hospital ENT outpatient department between February 2008 and February 2011. 52 patients were successfully followed up with a telephone questionnaire about effects on breast-feeding and any complications.

RESULTS:

All mothers had experienced problems breast-feeding prior to frenulotomy. Following frenulotomy 40/52 (77%) of mothers reported an improvement in breast-feeding within 2 weeks of the procedure. No complications were reported.

CONCLUSION:

This study supports the view that ankyloglossia is a common cause of breast-feeding difficulties. However the lack of universal improvement in breast-feeding following frenulotomy suggests that it is not the only cause of problems and supports the clinician approaching these situations holistically and exploring other causes.

PMID:
23453795
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijporl.2013.02.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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