When To Remove Tonsils

January 14, 2011 Updated Jan 14, 2011 at 1:04 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 14, 2011 Updated Jan 14, 2011 at 1:04 AM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Tonsillectomies. They are among the most common surgical procedures done on children under age 15.

Now, doctors have a new set of national guidelines to consider when deciding who should have their tonsils removed.

According to the new guidelines, kids who have 7 incidents of severe sore throat, like strep within a year or 10 over two years may be a tonsillectomy candidate.

The guidelines also address kids whose tonsils give them other problems, like obstructed breathing, dental abnormalities, or sleep apnea.

Doctors say there are ways to manage those things without removing the tonsils, like losing weight, better sleep habits and dental appliances.

More than half-a-million tonsillectomies are performed each year in the United States.

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