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Why would an adult need a tonsillectomy?

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Chronic throat infection is the most common reason adults have their tonsils out.

Other reasons are:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (if a blockage of your upper airway is caused by swollen tonsils)
  • Bad breath, or halitosis, that doesn't go away (if caused by a collection of pus and debris in your tonsil area)
  • Cancer (spread from your head or neck area)

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

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 16, 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 16, 2018

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