What are the risks 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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A study by Wang et al indicated that tonsillectomy increases the risk of deep neck infections. Using a health insurance research database search, the investigators found patients to be at 1.71-fold greater risk of deep neck infection after undergoing tonsillectomy. [22]

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