Children's tonsils are 'being removed unnecessarily'
"Too many children have tonsils removed unnecessarily," BBC News reports.
The claim was prompted by a new study that suggests 7 out of 8 children who have their tonsils removed (tonsillectomy) will experience no benefit.
A tonsillectomy is recommended if a child has 7 or more sore throats from infected tonsils (tonsillitis) in the past year.
Evidence suggests the procedure doesn't really help much for less frequent tonsillitis.
This study reviewed medical records from more than 700 general practices between 2005 and 2016 to see how many tonsillectomies were performed for children, and the reason for doing so.
Overall, 2.5 children per 1,000 had a tonsillectomy each year. But only 1 in 8 of these cases met recommended criteria for the procedure.
The study provides a valuable insight, but medical records may not have provided the full picture – they may not have captured all the reasons why a tonsillectomy was performed.
The findings highlight a need for clearer and more up-to-date guidelines for GPs to follow about when to refer children for tonsillectomies.
Current guidelines around recurrent tonsillitis in children are from nearly 10 years ago and based on a fairly low level of evidence.Read Full Article