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what are the symptoms of tonsillitis and when should my doctor remove my tonsils?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Pain and obstruction: If serious disease such as lymphoma and leukemia are ruled out (uncommon) there are 3 major reasons for tonsillectomy. 1.) 3 to 4 documented episodes of infection a year for several years. 2.) hypertrophic (very enlarged) tonsils causing a sleep disorder and 3.) frequent accumulations of food particles settling in the crevices of the tonsil causing very annoying halitosis.

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Last updated Jul 20, 2012

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