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What are the reasons for an adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy in 5 year old with allergies, fluid in ears, snoring, and 3 episodes of facial swelling?

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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: To treat ear fluid

Tonsils are lymph nodes (ln) at back of throat and adenoids are ln above the tonsils at the back of nose near the eustachian tube (et) opening.
The et runs from middle ear to back of nose and if blocked by large adenoids the et can't equalize air pressure in middle ear leading to fluid and infection in middle ear. Large adenoids can block nose causing snoring. Facial swelling probably unrelated.

In brief: To treat ear fluid

Tonsils are lymph nodes (ln) at back of throat and adenoids are ln above the tonsils at the back of nose near the eustachian tube (et) opening.
The et runs from middle ear to back of nose and if blocked by large adenoids the et can't equalize air pressure in middle ear leading to fluid and infection in middle ear. Large adenoids can block nose causing snoring. Facial swelling probably unrelated.
Dr. Martin Ostro
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Dr. Joel Bessmer
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgery

Sounds like you listed many qualifiers, recurrent strep tonsillitis is another common reason.
If you have seen one surgeon and are uncomfortable with the recommendation, get a second opinion.

In brief: Surgery

Sounds like you listed many qualifiers, recurrent strep tonsillitis is another common reason.
If you have seen one surgeon and are uncomfortable with the recommendation, get a second opinion.
Dr. Joel Bessmer
Dr. Joel Bessmer
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