Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy

Sharon D. Ramos, Shraddha Mukerji, Harold S. Pine

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Adenotonsillectomy (AT) is one of the most common pediatric surgical procedures performed in the United States; more than 530,000 are performed annually in children younger than 15 years of age. AT was traditionally performed for recurrent tonsillitis and its sequelae but in recent times, sleep-disordered breathing/obstructive sleep apnea in children has emerged as the primary indication for surgical removal of adenoids and tonsils. The new guidelines used by clinicians to identify children who are appropriate candidates for AT address indications based primarily on obstructive and infectious causes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-807
Number of pages15
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adenotonsillectomy
  • Clinical recurrent tonsillitis
  • Sleep-disordered breathing/Obstructive sleep apnea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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