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by Eileen Nechas

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It has been thought that removal of the tonsils really benefits children with recurring throat infections. But now a new study of over 300 children shows that the removal of tonsils (with or without adenoids) offers only a modest benefit that is offset by possible complications, risks, and the cost of the surgery. Researchers say that throat infections should be looked at with view to stricter standards of frequency and severity — before surgery is decided upon.

 


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