Cor pulmonale secondary to tonsillar and adenoidal hypertrophy: management considerations.

Eleven cases of cor pulmonale secondary to tonsil and adenoid hypertrophy and upper airway obstruction were reviewed. These patients presented with a spectrum disease ranging from mild, with only abnormal ECG or chest X-ray findings, to severe with hypercarbia, hypoxia, and right heart failure. One patient with severe disease suffered a postoperative… (More)