Posted by: Sefo | 2011-02-24



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Dear Sefo

At that age tonsils have no function, and should be removed if they cause trouble. You need to discuss this with your ENT surgeon, as they should only be removed if there is enough reason to do so. This is referred to as the "indication" to perform the procedure. In the case of an adult tonsillectomy, this is a very painfull procedure, so care should be taken to only perform this if the patient will really benefit from having them removed. The most common causes include:
1. Recurrent tonsillitis (3 to 4 times a year in an adult)
2. Severity of the infection (ie. does the patient require admission to hospital to treat the condition?)
3. Previous peri-tonsillar abcess (Quinsy abcess)
4. Underlying kidney disease or cardiac illness

Every patient is different, and should be evaluated with all these factors taken into account. Your surgeon can discuss this with you. If your tonsils are indeed causing problems, having them removed will be very beneficial.


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