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What should you watch out for after tonsillectomy?

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Watch for signs of infection. Your doctor will discuss these with you, but you should call him if you have any trouble breathing, bleeding, pain that gets worse, signs of dehydration (you don't have to pee often), or a fever over 102 F.

From: Can an Adult Need a Tonsillectomy? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: "Tonsillectomy and Adenoids PostOp," "Tonsillitis."

CMAJ: "Short-term outcomes of tonsillectomy in adult patients with recurrent pharyngitis: a randomized controlled trial."

Cochrane: "Surgical removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) for chronic or recurrent acute tonsillitis."

Johns Hopkins Children's Center: "Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy."

News release, JAMA.

Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery : "Adult tonsillectomy: current indications and outcomes,"  "Prevalence of complications from adult tonsillectomy and impact on health care expenditures."

Specialty Surgical Center: "Adult Vs. Pediatric Tonsillectomy."

UpToDate: "Tonsillectomy in adults: Indications."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: "Tonsillectomy and Adenoids PostOp," "Tonsillitis."

CMAJ: "Short-term outcomes of tonsillectomy in adult patients with recurrent pharyngitis: a randomized controlled trial."

Cochrane: "Surgical removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) for chronic or recurrent acute tonsillitis."

Johns Hopkins Children's Center: "Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy."

News release, JAMA.

Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery : "Adult tonsillectomy: current indications and outcomes,"  "Prevalence of complications from adult tonsillectomy and impact on health care expenditures."

Specialty Surgical Center: "Adult Vs. Pediatric Tonsillectomy."

UpToDate: "Tonsillectomy in adults: Indications."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 12, 2018

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