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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 - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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