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Letters Recurrent pharyngo-tonsillitis

Time to stop doing tonsillectomies?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 17 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1019
  1. Tim J B Crayford, director of public health
  1. Croydon Primary Care Trust, Croydon, Surrey CR0 9XT
  1. tim{at}

    Alho et al conclude: “Tonsillectomy is an effective alternative for adults with a documented history of recurrent episodes of pharyngitis,”1 but this assertion is unsupported by the evidence presented.

    For those who had the early operation, the combined time with a sore throat including the operation was four days greater …

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