Plain Language Summary for Patients: Tonsillectomy in Children

Sandra A. Finestone, Terri Giordano, Ron B Mitchell, Sandra A. Walsh, Sarah S. O’Connor, Lisa M. Satterfield

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This plain language summary for patients serves as an overview explaining tonsillectomy in children and to help patients, caregivers, and clinicians in their discussions about the reasons that a tonsillectomy may be needed, management options, and care related to the procedure. This summary applies to patients ages 1 through 18 years and is based on the 2019 “Clinical Practice Guideline: Tonsillectomy in Children (Update).” This evidence-based guideline mainly addresses the need for tonsillectomy based on breathing problems that take place during sleep and repeated sore throats or “tonsillitis.” The guideline was developed to identify quality improvement opportunities in managing children under consideration for tonsillectomy and to create clear recommendations for clinicians to use in medical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-212
Number of pages7
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019


  • child
  • plain language summary
  • polysomnography
  • sleep disordered breathing
  • tonsillectomy
  • tonsillitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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