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Tonsillectomy in children: Multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline

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January 3, 2011
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American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
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A multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline provides evidence-based recommendations on the pre-, intra-, and postoperative care and management of children aged 1 to 18 years under consideration for tonsillectomy.

A multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline, "Tonsillectomy in Children" will be published in the January issue of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery (watch for a new cover and publisher in that issue of the journal). The new guideline provides evidence-based recommendations on the pre-, intra-, and postoperative care and management of children aged 1 to 18 years under consideration for tonsillectomy. Additionally, this guideline is intended for all clinicians in any setting who care for these patients. This guideline also addresses practice variation in medicine and the significant public health implications of tonsillectomy.

Tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, with over 530,000 procedures performed annually in children under 15 years old. Tonsillectomy is defined as a surgical procedure (performed with or without adenoidectomy) that completely removes the tonsil, including its capsule, by dissecting the peritonsillar space between the tonsil capsule and the muscular wall. Depending on the context in which it is used, the term may indicate tonsillectomy with adenoidectomy, especially in relation to sleep-disordered breathing.

"Over half a million tonsillectomies are done every year in the United States," said Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, journal guideline author and consultant. "The tonsillectomy guideline will empower doctors and parents to make the best decisions, resulting in safer surgery and improved quality of life for children who suffer from large or infected tonsils."

The primary purpose of this guideline is to provide clinicians with evidence-based guidance in identifying children who are the best candidates for tonsillectomy. Secondary objectives are to optimize the perioperative management of children undergoing tonsillectomy; emphasize the need for evaluation and intervention in special populations; improve counseling and education for families of who are considering tonsillectomy for their child; highlight the management options for patients with modifying factors; and to reduce inappropriate or unnecessary variations in care.

The study's authors are Reginald Baugh, MD; Sanford Archer, MD; Ron Mitchell, MD; Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH; Raouf Amin, MD; James Burns, MD; David Darrow, MD, DDS; Terri Giordano, MSN; Ronald Litman, DO; Kasey Li, MD, DDS; Mary Ellen Mannix, MRPE; Richard H. Schwartz, MD; Gavin Setzen, MD; Ellen R. Wald, MD; Eric Wall, MD, MPH; Gemma Sandberg, MA; and Milesh M. Patel, MS. The guideline panel authors were chosen to represent fields of sleep medicine, advanced practice nursing, anesthesiology, infectious disease, family medicine, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, pediatrics, and consumers.


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Journal Reference:

  1. R. F. Baugh, S. M. Archer, R. B. Mitchell, R. M. Rosenfeld, R. Amin, J. J. Burns, D. H. Darrow, T. Giordano, R. S. Litman, K. K. Li, M. E. Mannix, R. H. Schwartz, G. Setzen, E. R. Wald, E. Wall, G. Sandberg, M. M. Patel. Clinical Practice Guideline: Tonsillectomy in Children. Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, 2010; 144 (1 Suppl): S1 DOI: 10.1177/0194599810389949

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American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. "Tonsillectomy in children: Multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 January 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110103110319.htm>.
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. (2011, January 3). Tonsillectomy in children: Multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 1, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110103110319.htm
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. "Tonsillectomy in children: Multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110103110319.htm (accessed August 1, 2014).

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