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Q: Explain why a tonsillectomy in a child is less likely to involve complications than the same procedure for an adult.
A: Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. The tonsils are part of the lymphatic system, which is responsible for fighting infection. [ Tonsils are removed when a person, most often a child, has any of the following conditions: obstruction sleep apnea (a condition in which an individual snores loudly and stops breathing temporarily at intervals during sleep)
inability to swallow properly because of enlarged tonsils a breathy voice or other speech abnormality due to enlarged tonsils recurrent or persistent abscesses or throat infections Physicians are not in complete agreement on the number of sore throats that necessitate a tonsillectomy. Most would agree that four cases of strep throat in any one year; six or more episodes of tonsillitis in one year; or five or more episodes of tonsillitis per year for two years indicate that the tonsils should be removed.A tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures among children. It is uncommon among adults. More than 400,000 tonsillectomies are performed each year in the United States. Approximately 70% of surgical candidates are under age 18. There is a chance that children with previously normal speech will develop a nasal-sounding voice. In addition, children younger than five years may be emotionally upset by the hospital experience. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, including post-operative infection and bleeding. Read more: ]
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