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Tonsil Removal May Not Be Best for Kids: Study

November 21, 2007

According to new research, removing the tonsils from children with moderate throat infections is more expensive and has fewer health benefits than “watching and waiting”. The study in the Archives of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery found children who avoided surgery had fewer fevers, throat infections, and respiratory illnesses, and they incurred 46% less in medical bills than those that underwent tonsillectomies. Researchers excluded from the study children with frequent throat infections or those who had their tonsils removed because of sleep apnea.

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