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Medical News & Perspectives
February 16, 2011

Guideline Cites Appropriateness Criteria for Performing Tonsillectomy in Children

JAMA. 2011;305(7):661-662. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.118

Prompted by a lack of consensus on surgical indications and perioperative management for tonsillectomy in children in the United States, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery has issued the first-ever guideline on the topic.

The clinical practice guideline, released January 3, provides evidence-based guidance in identifying children who may benefit from tonsillectomy and offers recommendations intended to optimize the perioperative management of children undergoing the procedure (Baugh RF et al. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011;144[1][suppl]:S1-S30). The document also provides guidance on how to improve counseling and education of parents of children who may be candidates for tonsillectomy and suggests ways to reduce inappropriate or unnecessary variations in care.