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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: NIQ | 2008/07/14

Q.

Tonsilectomy Concerns

Please help me calm my unreasonable fears ! I have a three yeald old boy who suffers from "mouth breathing" He also regularly suffers from tonsilitis. After a visit to a good ENT he is up for a tonsilectomy & adenoids next week. I know this is a relative safe procedure, but I am however a bit concerned about the effect of this procedure. Asthma and allergies are a family problem. As a child I had the same procedure and developed asthma thereafter. Luckily I have outgrown it. I have not noticed any signs of asthma in my boy yet, but sinusitis / hayfever seems to be a recuring problem. I know that the removal of the tonsils & adenoids would better the situation consideralbly. Should I be concerned about the Asthma thing or am I just a paranoid mother ?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

There used to be a belief that tonsillectomy done in an allergic child could aggavate asthma in that child. This has been disproved in many large and carefully conducted studies, so you have no need for concern.

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