When is tonsillectomy indicated for the treatment of tonsillitis?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Tonsillectomy is indicated for individuals who have experienced more than 6 episodes of streptococcal pharyngitis (confirmed by positive culture) in 1 year, 5 episodes in 2 consecutive years or 3 or more infections for 3 years in a row, or chronic or recurrent tonsillitis associated with the streptococcal carrier state that has not responded to beta-lactamase–resistant antibiotics. Tonsillectomy may be considered for children when multiple antibiotic allergies or intolerances are seen, as well as for children with periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and adenitis (PFAPA), or a history of peritonsillar abscess. [19]

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