"Tonsillectomy not beneficial in many cases"

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20 November 2007, RIJSWIJK – If a child's throat infection is not terribly serious, it is better to wait and see rather than remove the tonsils. The operation is more expensive and less beneficial to a child's health than waiting to let the infection pass.

20 November 2007

RIJSWIJK – If a child's throat infection is not terribly serious, it is better to wait and see rather than remove the tonsils. The operation is more expensive and less beneficial to a child's health than waiting to let the infection pass.

Erik Buskens, affiliated with the epidemiology department of the University Medical Centre in Groningen, and four other Dutch scientists write this in the American journal Archives of Otolaryngology. Between March 2000 and February 2003 they examined 300 children aged 2 to 8 at 21 general hospitals and three university medical centres in the Netherlands. All the children examined had a slightly serious throat infection.

Tonsillectomies were performed on 151 of the children, but not on the rest. The children who were not operated upon required fewer visits to the GP afterwards than those who were. In the years that followed they also incurred less medical expenses: EUR 551 per year compared to EUR 803 per year for the children whose tonsils were removed. The children from this latter group turned out to have benefited little from the operation.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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