A Review of Tonsillectomy to Treat Sore Throats in Children
A group of researchers reviewed several past studies to determine the effectiveness of tonsillectomies to treat frequent sore throats. They found that the procedure has only modest benefits even in severely affected children.
About the Study
How Does This Affect You?
All surgery carries some risk and should only be undertaken when the benefits clearly outweigh those risks. This study calls into question whether this is the case for tonsillectomy, particularly in children who are not severely affected by strep tonsillitis.
Most children with recurrent throat infections will eventually outgrow them. If your child suffers from frequent bouts of tonsillitis, surgery may or may not be indicated. Talk to your child’s doctor about all your options.
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
Burton MJ, Glasziou PP. Tonsillectomy or adeno-tonsillectomy versus non-surgical treatment for chronic/recurrent acute tonsillitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2009, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD001802. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001802.pub2.
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