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Does your child need a tonsillectomy?

By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Tonsillectomies are one of the most common surgeries performed on children but the decision to do one should not be taken lightly. In 1965, there were about a million tonsillectomies (with or without adenoidectomy, a surgery often done at the same time) performed on children younger than 15 years old. By 2006 that number had dropped by half, and by 2010 it had dropped…

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