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Health Tip: When It's Time for a Tonsillectomy

Health Tip: When It's Time for a Tonsillectomy

08/05/10

(HealthDay News) -- Tonsillectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils, is a common treatment for frequent infections of these glands, located in the back of the mouth.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says possible warning signs that a tonsillectomy is needed include:

  • Persistent bouts with inflamed tonsils (tonsillitis).
  • Tonsillitis that doesn't get better with antibiotics.
  • Tonsils that grow large enough to touch each another.
  • An abscess that forms around one or both tonsils.
  • Persistent middle ear infections.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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