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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.