Adenoidectomy is carried out either alone or in combination with tonsillectomy. In Scandinavia, adenoidectomy alone is more common than the combined procedure (Ts and As), which appears to dominate in the United States and Great Britain. Proctor, writing of his own clinic, says that only 7% of operations are adenoidectomies, the remainder being Ts and As.10 The data about operations carried out at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Uppsala, Sweden, where, in 1959, there were approximately 700 cases of adenoidectomy alone and only 70 cases of Ts and As, are in direct contrast to these figures. This is representative of the current tendency over the whole of Sweden. The large number of adenoidectomies performed alone is probably mainly due to the active interest taken in the hearing problems of children in kindergarten and school during the last decade.12
At first, adenoidectomy was performed on children without anesthesia.
FINER B, STAHLE J. Anesthesia for Adenoidectomy in Sweden. Arch Otolaryngol. 1961;74(3):272–276. doi:10.1001/archotol.1961.00740030279008
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