Symptoms & Signs
- Bad breath
- Cracked lips
- Dry mouth
- Mouth breathing (mostly at night)
- Mouth open during day (more severe obstruction)
- Persistent runny nose or nasal congestion
- Restlessness while sleeping
Diagnosis & Tests
The adenoids cannot be seen by looking in the mouth directly, but can be seen with a special mirror or using a flexible endoscope through the nose.
Tests may include:
- X-ray (side view of the throat)
- Sleep apnea studies (severe cases only)
Review Date : 12/1/2008
Reviewed By : Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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