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Is tonsillectomy suggested for enlarged tonsils?

My 8-yr-old son's allergist has recommended a sleep study and then possibly a tonsillectomy. We don't want to have surgery unless it's absolutely necessary. He does have seasonal allergies. Are these allergies exacerbated by his enlarged tonsils? Do the benefits of removal really make it worth it?
Tue, 3 Oct 2017
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Hi,

Is your son obese? Does he snore ? Or if he sleeps with his mouth wide open( mouth breathing), Chances are that he is having enlarged adenoids as well as Tonsils.Most likely your doctor wants to confirm the possibility of OSA( Obstructive sleep Apnoea) -- which means, temporary cessation of breathing for a few a seconds during sleep.It will reduce oxygen supply to the brain, and it has various health issues.In all these situations, Tonsillectomy is indeed curative.However, i advise you to discuss with your doctor, regarding the same
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