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Tonsillectomy for chronic or recurrent acute tonsillitis

Burton MJ, Glasziou PP
Published Online: 
21 January 2009

Tonsillectomy is a common procedure.  Children severely affected by recurrent tonsillitis may benefit from it but these benefits must be considered in the light of the risks of surgery and the possibility that they my 'grow out' of the problem.  In less severely affected children the potential benefits are even more modest.

This record should be cited as: 
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
Assessed as up to date: 
11 April 2008