Removing Children's Tonsils Increases Infections

By June 29, 2018
Removing Children's Tonsils Increases Infections Sleep Apnea Surgery, Majid Jamali, D.M.D., New York, NY

Australian researchers have found that when removing a child's tonsils they are 3 times as likely to develop common colds and respiratory infections and be more susceptible to infectious diseases.

The risk of asthma and pneumonia were also increased by roughly 50 per cent in people who had the surgery.

Tonsils are primarily removed when a child has repeated tonsilitis, middle ear infections or when it causes obstruction in the child's breathing.

Tonsils help a child develop immunity by detecting and blocking bacteria and viruses into the lungs and throat.

Removal of the adenoids, the tissue at the back of the roof of your mouth under the nasal cavity, doubled the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes emphysema and asthma.

Tim Mitchell, a consultant otolaryngologist and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons, has stated “Before opting to remove tonsils or adenoids, surgeons will always consider and discuss all treatment options, including non-surgical treatments, with patients, and parents in the case of children," There has been a significant decrease in the number of tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies performed in the last few decades."

Reference:
Matthers -King, Alex, "Having Tonsils Out As A Child Increases The Risk Of Infections And Lung Complaints For Life, Finds Study" Health Correspondent, Independent Uk, 7th June 2018.

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