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November 9, 1907

ADENOIDS IN INFANCY.

Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Assistant Physician at the Children's Hospital and at the Infants' Hospital; Visiting Physician at the Floating Hospital. BOSTON.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(19):1589-1591. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320190023001e
Abstract

While the frequency and importance of adenoids in childhood is well recognized and their symptomatology pretty generally understood, this is not the case as regards adenoids in infancy. These are supposed to be uncommon and of little importance, and their symptoms are commonly overlooked or misinterpreted. They are, however, very common in infancy and of the greatest importance. Their symptomatology, while in many ways different from that in childhood, is, nevertheless, fairly characteristic, and the evil results produced are even greater in infancy than in chilhood. Although this is undoubtedly true, there is, nevertheless, a general feeling in the profession, even among the throat specialists, that adenoids should not be removed in infancy, the reason given being that they are liable to recur later. It is true that they may, and sometimes do, recur later. The fact is, however, that in the majority of cases the adenoids do not recur,

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