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dc.contributor.authorAkbari, D.-
dc.contributor.authorLau, T.-
dc.contributor.authorBogaardt, H.-
dc.contributor.authorDocking, K.-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 2023, vol.170, pp.111604-1-111604-7-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To investigate the prevalence and management of ankyloglossia for infants in Central Australia. Method: Retrospective chart review consisting of a medical file audit of infants (n = 493) <2 years old diagnosed with ankyloglossia from January 2013 to December 2018 in the primary hospital in Central Australia. Patient characteristics, reason for diagnosis, reason for procedure and outcomes of procedures routinely recorded in the patient clinical files were recorded. Results: The overall prevalence of ankyloglossia in this population was 10.2%. Frenotomy was performed in 97.9% of infants diagnosed with ankyloglossia. Infants with ankyloglossia were more likely to be male (58% vs 42%), diagnosed and managed with a frenotomy on the third day of life. Most ankyloglossia diagnoses were identified by a midwife (>92%). Most frenotomy procedures were completed by lactation consultants who were also midwives (99%) using blunt-ended scissors. More infants were classified with posterior ankyloglossia than anterior ankyloglossia (23% vs 15%). A frenotomy procedure resolved feeding issues in 54% of infants with ankyloglossia. Conclusions: The prevalence of ankyloglossia and rate of frenotomy procedures were high when compared to previous reports in the general population. Frenotomy for ankyloglossia in infants with breastfeeding difficulties was found to be effective in more than half of the reported sample, improving breastfeeding and decreasing maternal nipple pain. A standardised approach and validated screening or comprehensive assessment tool for the identification of ankyloglossia is indicated. Guidelines and training for relevant health professionals on nonsurgical management of the functional limitations of ankyloglossia are also recommended.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityDonna Akbari, Hans Bogaardt, Kimberley Docking-
dc.publisherElsevier ScienceDirect-
dc.rights© 2023 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.-
dc.subjectInfant; Ankyloglossia; Feeding; Tongue tie; Lingual frenulum; Breastfeeding; Prevalence-
dc.titleAnkyloglossia in Central Australia: Prevalence, identification and management in infants-
dc.typeConference item-
dc.contributor.conferenceConference of the International Consortium Of Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP) (7 Oct 2021 - 9 Oct 2021 : Vancouver, Virtual Online)-
dc.identifier.orcidBogaardt, H. [0000-0001-8413-533X]-
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