Efficacy of Adenoidectomy for the Management of Chronic Rhinosinusitis in Children Older Than 7 Years of Age

Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2022 Aug;131(8):868-873. doi: 10.1177/00034894211045270. Epub 2021 Sep 18.


Objectives: While adenoidectomy is the first-line surgical management of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) in young children, evidence regarding its utility in older children is lacking. This study aimed to assess the efficacy of adenoidectomy in children 7 to 18 years old with regard to symptom control, postoperative medication use, and the need for additional surgery.

Methods: Single-institution retrospective chart review of patients ages 7 to 18 undergoing adenoidectomy for CRS from 2009 to 2019. Patients with cystic fibrosis and ciliary disorders were excluded. Comorbidities, preoperative and postoperative symptoms (rhinorrhea, congestion, anosmia, and facial pain), medication use (antibiotics, antihistamines, nasal steroids, and irrigations), and Lund-Mackay scores were extracted. McNemar's or Wilcoxon Rank Sum Tests were used to assess rates of symptom control and medication use. Fisher's exact or Chi-square tests were used to assess for factors associated with symptom persistence.

Results: Ninety-seven patients with a mean age of 9 years (range 7-18) were identified. Patients were shown to experience significantly decreased rates of rhinorrhea (64.9% vs 20.6%, <.001), congestion (95.9% vs 26.8%, <.001), facial pain (17.5% vs 3.1%, .001), use of nasal steroids (79.4% vs 36.1%, <.001), antihistamines (47.4% vs 20.6%, <.001), and number of antibiotics (median 1 vs 0, <.001) after adenoidectomy. No patient or disease factors were associated with symptom persistence. Nine patients (9.3%) required additional nasal surgery.

Conclusion: In this cohort of older children with CRS with limited follow up, additional surgery is not routinely done following adenoidectomy, the results suggest that adenoidectomy alone may provide adequate symptom control and medication reduction.

Keywords: adenoidectomy; adolescent chronic sinusitis; pediatric chronic sinusitis.

MeSH terms

  • Adenoidectomy / methods
  • Adolescent
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Facial Pain
  • Humans
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rhinitis* / complications
  • Rhinitis* / diagnosis
  • Rhinitis* / surgery
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Sinusitis* / complications
  • Sinusitis* / diagnosis
  • Sinusitis* / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents