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What are the pros and cons of a tonsillectomy?

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What are the pros and cons of a child's tonsillectomy vs an adult's tonsillectomy?
Posted Sun, 3 Aug 2014 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
 
 
Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 48 minutes later
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Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. In adult patients, there are more attacks of chronic tonsillitis. The duration of illness is more.

2. Fibrosis and scarring between the tonsil and the tonsillar fossa is greater in adult patients. This leads to more trauma during dissection in adults. This leads to more post operative pain. Probably children forget the pain and tenderness more quickly.

3. Adult patients may have other diseases such as diabetes, asthma, blood pressure problems, cervical spine issues and so on. Children on the other hand, are more intolerant to blood loss during surgery.

4. The immune system relies on the input from the tonsil and other lymphoid tissue in the throat till the age of 5 years. That is one reason why very small children are not subjected to tonsillectomy as far as possible.

5. These are some of the pros and cons why a tonsillectomy in a child is less likely to involve complications than the same procedure for an adult.

I hope that I have answered your questions and if you have any more questions I will be available to answer them.

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