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Tonsillectomy study must not lead to unnecessary increase in surgery, expert says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2162 (Published 05 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2162
  1. Annabel Ferriman
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Researchers have claimed that a randomised controlled trial of 86 patients in Finland has shown that tonsillectomy is useful for some people with recurrent pharyngitis.1 But the study has been criticised as being too small to be meaningful.

Terence Stephenson, Nuffield professor of child health, University College London, said that the study should not be used to go back to the days when 200 000 children had their tonsils taken out each year for no clinical reason.

Researchers from the Finnish universities of Oulu and Tampere …

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