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16 Apr 2004

tonsillitis of 5 year old
My daughter just turned 5. She keeps geting tonsillitis. This past weekend her tempreture was over 39oC. She is on strong antibiotics, getting better. Doctor said to remove, another said no. What would you suggest? She had ashma before she truned 3. My sister-ib-law just scared the living daylights out of me when she said that it is dangerous to take them out, all germs will go directrly into her lungs and she will have to use her ashma pumps again. My daughter was born with estra large tonsills. She gets tonsillitis at least once every 2 - 3 months, then she is back on antibiotics etc. Do you think I should go for a second opinion or have them removed, or ride it out untill she has out grown the tonsillitis. I would appreciate your soonst reply - op scheduled for Thusrday 22/4/04 - Thanks Ma
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01 Jan 0001

JAM, as a rule of thumb we say that if you have tonsillitis three or more times a year, two or more years in a row, it is time to have them removed.
What your sister-in-law said is not really true, but we do sometimes see that children become worse after the operation – this happens in less than 1% of cases. I suppose the safest would be to get a second opinion from a different ENT surgeon if you’re worried. Good luck.
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