Tonsillectomy or adenotonsillectomy reduces the number of sore throats in children; however, insufficient information is available on the effectiveness in adults

Katie Haighton, Janet Wilson

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Abstract

Commentary on: Burton MJ, Glasziou PP, Chong LY, et al. Tonsillectomy or adenotonsillectomy versus non-surgical treatment for chronic/recurrent acute tonsillitis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2014;11:CD001802.

Context
Sore throats cost the National Health Service (NHS) over £120 million per annum with approximately £60 million for general practitioner consultations and medical therapy. From 2011 to 2012, in England alone,1 secondary care costs included £10 million for bed usage by over 37 000 emergency hospital admissions and over £20 million in elective adult tonsillectomy. Upper respiratory tract infections are the most common cause of consultation in the USA.2 The place of tonsillectomy in the management of sore throat remains uncertain. Absolute numbers of tonsillectomy in the UK have fallen …
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-64
JournalEvidence-Based Medicine
Volume20
Issue number2
Early online date3 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

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