The tonsil and adenoid dilemma: medical or surgical treatment?

P. M. Sprinkle, R. W. Veltri

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Abstract

The state of the art for the treatment of obstructive and inflammatory diseases of the tonsils and adenoids has been described. The best available medical treatment includes antibiotic therapy for repeated infections of the tonsils and adenoids. However, there are no uniformly accepted data to support the position that no treatment or repeated antibiotic treatment reduces the frequency or severity of the infection. The best available surgical treatment includes adenotonsillectomy for recurrent attacks of adenotonsillitis. However, there are no uniformly accepted data to support the position that surgical treatment reduces the frequency or severity of the infection. Until sufficient objective data are available, further polarization of the medical community appears inappropriate. Certainly the laity should be educated as to the lack of information on the subject. The effects of adenotonsillectomy and the pathogenesis of adenotonsillitis are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)909-925
Number of pages17
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Volume7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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