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Is tonsillectomy and adenoid removal very safe for a 4 yr old child?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Yes.

Adenotonsillectomy is a very safe, usually outpatient procedure in a child.
The combined procedure is indicated when a child has obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, or chronic mouth breathing, swallowing difficulty and alteration of facial growth due to enlargement of the tonsils and adenoid. We take special precautions and watch children diagnosed with sleep apnea very closely.

In brief: Yes.

Adenotonsillectomy is a very safe, usually outpatient procedure in a child.
The combined procedure is indicated when a child has obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, or chronic mouth breathing, swallowing difficulty and alteration of facial growth due to enlargement of the tonsils and adenoid. We take special precautions and watch children diagnosed with sleep apnea very closely.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
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In brief: TONSILLECTOMY

Pediatricians usually preserve the tonsils as " guard" to nasopharyngeal infections before having lower respiratory infections or pneumonia.
Enlarged tonsils eventually go down as child grows. Unless it causes sleep apnea or nasal twang or very frequent infections, we do not recommend t& a for children.

In brief: TONSILLECTOMY

Pediatricians usually preserve the tonsils as " guard" to nasopharyngeal infections before having lower respiratory infections or pneumonia.
Enlarged tonsils eventually go down as child grows. Unless it causes sleep apnea or nasal twang or very frequent infections, we do not recommend t& a for children.
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
Recent long term follow-up studies looking at immune functions after tonsillectomy show no compromise. After tonsillectomy, children showed similar immune capacity compared to their age-matched peers. Other studies note that the tonsils role in cell-mediated immunity is completed "very early, and long before adenotonsillectomy is considered."
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