What are the indications for tonsillectomy in children?
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Tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy is minimally effective when combined with tympanostomy tube placement in preventing recurrent otitis media in the 3 years following surgery. The risks of surgery must be weighed against potential benefit. (Grade of recommendation: B, based on low-quality randomized controlled trials [RCTs]). The evidence supporting tonsillectomy for recurrence of sore throat is controversial. There is insufficient evidence to recommend other potential indications. (Grade of recommendation: C, based on case series.)
Journal of Family Practice, 51(4) 2002: 314.