European Journal of Orthodontics, 2018, 451–454 doi:10.1093/ejo/cjx097 Letters to the Editor Advance Access publication 23 January 2018 Letters to the Editor The impact of adenotonsillectomy on the dentofacial development of obstructed children Sten Linder-Aronson Department of Orthodontics, Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden Correspondence to: Sten Linder-Aronson. Department of Orthodontics, Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden. E-mail: email@example.com Dear Sir, After these quoted descriptions, it is surprising and confusing to It was with great interest I read the recent systematic review article read on page 510 ‘considerable diversity between studies impedes a on the Impact of adenotonsillectomy on the dentofacial development clear conclusion regarding this effect’ and on page 517 ‘to the high of obstructed children in the European Journal of Orthodontics (1). diversity and quality of the included studies, the available evidence The review is well designed and presented. I have a few objections to remains inconclusive’. raise against the authors’ conclusions. The great value of systematic reviews is that it helps the reader I am quite familiar with all the 16 relevant articles included in catch up with the current knowledge of a topic without being forced the review, which were based on different materials from different to read a large number of articles in the field. parts of the world. The results from these articles, one and all, have A prerequisite is however that the review reports the correct find- shown significant changes of maxillary arch width, lateral cross-bite ings and conclusions. frequency, inclinations of the maxillary and mandibular incisors and mandibular growth pattern before and after adenotonsillec- Reference tomy. You also stated on page 509 ‘consistently reported’ and on 1. Becking, B.E., Verweij, J.P., Kalf-Scholte, S.M., Valkenburg, C., Bakker, page 517 ‘after adeno-/tonsillectomy, normalization of upper and E.W.P. and van Merkesteyn, J.P.R. (2017) Impact of adenotonsillectomy lower incisor inclination, transverse dental improvement and nor- on the dentofacial development of obstructed children: a systematic review malization of the horizontal mandibular growth pattern’. and meta-analysis. European Journal of Orthodontics, 39, 509–518. European Journal of Orthodontics, 2018, 451–452 doi:10.1093/ejo/cjx101 Advance Access publication 24 January 2018 Reply Impact of adenotonsillectomy on the dentofacial development of obstructed children Dear Sir, p. 509–518 (1). We are honoured with his comments, not only We would like to thank Prof. Linder-Aronson very much for because Prof. Linder-Aronson is a specialist in this field, but also his kind words regarding the design of our systematic review, because many of the relevant articles in our review were (co-) ‘Impact of adenotonsillectomy on the dentofacial development of authored by him. obstructed children: a systematic review and meta-analysis’, that We agree with Prof. Linder-Aronson that the value of systematic was published in the European Journal of Orthodontics 2017, reviews helps the reader to catch up with the present knowledge of © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Orthodontic Society. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/ejo/article-abstract/40/4/451/4823017 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 31 July 2018
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