Why do we remove adenoids?

When they are large or infected they can cause the following symptoms:

  • Snoring

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea

  • Nasal blockage and mouth breathing

  • Purulent nasal discharge with frequent and prolonged colds

  • They are also thought to have a role in glue ear. When  an adenoidectomy is combined with grommet insertion, there is a slightly reduced risk of recurrence of glue ear once the grommets come out than if grommets are inserted alone. 

Removing the adenoids can help with the symptoms above although it is not always a so helpful for patients with recurrent nasal discharge