Adenotonsillectomy in children with mild symptoms: Watchful waiting may deny children opportunity for developmentBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7473.1045 (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1045
- Simon C Langton Hewer, consultant respiratory paediatrician (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- Claire D Langton Hewer, otorhinolaryngology fellow,
- Yvonne Pamula, sleep physiologist,
- James Martin, consultant respiratory paediatrician,
- Declan Kennedy, consultant respiratory paediatrician
- Flinders Medical Centre, SA 5042, Australia
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville, Adelaide, SA 5011
- Women's and Children's Hospital, North Adelaide, SA 5006
EDITOR—van Staaij et al report a large study examining the effectiveness of adenotonsillectomy in children with mild symptoms of throat infection or adenotonsillar hypertrophy.1 They conclude that adenotonsillectomy confers no major clinical benefits over watchful waiting.
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