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Article
February 16, 1957

COMPARISON OF SURGICAL REMOVAL OF TONSILS AND ADENOIDS WITH X-RAY TREATMENT

JAMA. 1957;163(7):526. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970420008003
Abstract

• Tonsils removed unilaterally in a number of children were compared with contralateral tonsils removed from the same children one year after treatment with roentgen rays. There was no evidence that irradiation had decreased the infectiousness of the tonsil. Irradiation has at times alleviated obstructions to nasal breathing, pharynx, and eustachian tube, but often the improvement has been only partial or temporary. Surgical removal of tonsils and adenoids has definite indications. Indiscriminate, routine tonsillectomy is quite properly a thing of the past, but, when the indications and cortraindications are duly observed, excision has positive and permanent benefits.

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