Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy In-Depth

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What are tonsillitis and adenoiditis?

Adenoiditis happens when adenoids become inflamed from infection.

The symptoms of tonsillitis vary greatly depending on the cause of the infection, and can occur either suddenly or gradually. The following are the most common symptoms of tonsillitis. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • sore throat
  • fever (either low-grade or high-grade)
  • headache
  • decrease in appetite
  • not feeling well
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach aches
  • painful swallowing
  • visual redness or drainage in the throat

The symptoms of tonsillitis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

The symptoms of adenoiditis vary greatly depending on the cause of the infection, and can occur either suddenly or gradually. The following are the most common symptoms of adenoiditis. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • breathing through the mouth
  • noisy breathing
  • snoring
  • nasal speech
  • periods at night when breathing stops for a few seconds

The symptoms of adenoiditis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

Some children may be referred to an ear, nose, and throat surgeon to have the tonsils and adenoids removed. This surgery is called a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A). Often, the tonsils and adenoids are removed at the same time, but, sometimes, only one is removed. Your child's physician will discuss this with you.

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