Adenoid Hypertrophy: known mistakes

Myth 1: X-ray is required for adenoid diagnosis. 

X-ray film is often useless to diagnose adenoid size, it is not possible to clearly distinguish the adenoid in these films and decide on its size. The best method for the diagnosis of adenoid diseases is to perform an endoscopic (camera) examination.

Myth 2: Antibiotic treatment should be given first in adenoid size.

If there is an acute infection at the time of diagnosis, antibiotic treatment can be applied in a child diagnosed with adenoidal enlargement. However, antibiotic treatment does not reduce adenoids in children without signs of infection.

Myth 3: Cortisone sprays reduce adenoid size.

There is not enough scientific evidence on this subject. Cortisone nasal sprays can be effective in children with allergies. However, the effect of cortisone sprays on adenoids in non-allergic children is quite limited.

Myth 4: After adenoid surgery, the child should only take liquid-soft foods.

After adenoid surgery, children can be fed in a short time without any restrictions.

Myth 5: Adenoid recurrences after surgery

If the adenoid is not completely removed during the surgery, it may grow back and the complaints will recur. This rate is around 15-20%. However, since the entire adenoid can be removed in surgeries performed under direct vision with the endoscopic method, the probability of recurrence is very low.