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Posts Tagged ‘tonsils’

New Guidelines for Tonsillectomies

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Most children who get repeated throat infections probably don’t need surgery to remove their tonsils and would improve in time with careful monitoring, according to new clinical guidelines on tonsillectomies in children. (more…)

Post-Tonsillectomy Codeine May Pose Dangers

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

A new report warns about the potentially deadly dangers of giving codeine to children after a tonsillectomy.  The report appears in the New England Journal of Medicine. It follows the death of an otherwise health two-year-old boy who was prescribed codeine to relieve pain from having his tonsils removed.

The child, who had a history of snoring and sleep apnea, had the surgery in an outpatient clinic and was sent home, the researchers said. (more…)