What are the benefits of tonsillectomy 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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Recurrent tonsillitis after tonsillectomy is extremely rare. Tonsillectomy reduces the bacterial load of group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus pyogenes (GABHS) and may also allow an increase in alpha-Streptococcus, which can be protective against GABHS infection. Recurrent tonsillitis is usually due to regrowth of tonsillar tissue, which is treated by excision.


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