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Adenotonsillectomy (Surgery, Pediatric)

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Intracapsular tonsillectomy; Pharyngotonsillitis; Tonsillotomy; Waldeyer’s ring


The complete or partial removal of pharyngeal tonsillar lymphoid and adenoid tissue.

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Adenotonsillectomy continues to be one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the Western world. Surgery for adenotonsillar disease is safe and effective as demonstrated in terms of health care costs and quality-of-life measures. The indications for tonsillectomy have shifted over the past 40 years. In the early 1970s, close to 90% of tonsillectomyprocedures were performed in response to infections. Today, most procedures are performed to treat sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), which is defined as a continuum from primary snoring to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This trend reflects not only improved control with antibiotics of the complications of group A streptococcal pharyngitis, but also increased rates of childhood obesity, a concomitant and perhaps...

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Murray, R., Parkes, W.J., Shah, U.K. (2013). Adenotonsillectomy (Surgery, Pediatric). In: Kountakis, S.E. (eds) Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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