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Enlarged adenoids and tonsils - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
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User :   My son requires tonsillectomy. I would like to know whether it is advisable to remove the full tonsils or partial. My son is only 5 years old. As per the doctors is adenoids are enlarged. And the tonsils are also enlarged thus having a narrowed air passage.
Doctor :   If both tonsils and adenoids are enlarged you can go for removal of tonsils along with adenoids
User :   but should the tonsils be removed completely or partially (partial tonsillectomy)
Doctor :   They should be removed totally.
User :   cause i have heard the tonsils are a shield against diseases.
Doctor :   Partial removal can cause them to enlarge again so better to remove them totally
User :   what is the probablity of them to enlarge again?
Doctor :   They are shield against infection but since they are causing problems even when they are removed the other lymph nodes take up the function of protection.
User :   what is the probablity of them to enlarge again?
Doctor :   To enlarge again chances are 75 to 80 %
User :   wow, that is a big probability.
Doctor :   Yes
User :   and what are the benefits of a intracapsular tonsillar reduction (partial tonsillectomy)
Doctor :   It is better to have a total one instead of partial.
User :   so if we remove the tonsils are there not more chances for diseases to enter the body?
Doctor :   otherwise you may require another surgery later.
Doctor :   No the other nodes present in body take up the function of them.
Doctor :   Its almost like the same as beore.
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   hmm
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   no, thats all thanks docotr
Doctor :   It seems you have moved out of the chat window. Please log in back if you have medical queries

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