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Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy in children: Preoperative evaluation and care

Anna H Messner, MD
Section Editor
Glenn C Isaacson, MD, FAAP
Deputy Editor
Carrie Armsby, MD, MPH


Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy (T&A) is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in children [1-3]. Preparing children and their families appropriately can improve safety and recovery following surgery.

The indications, contraindications, complications, and details of intraoperative and postoperative care for T&A are reviewed separately, as are issues specific to T&A in children with obstructive sleep apnea:

(See "Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy in children: Indications and contraindications".)

(See "Anesthesia for tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy in children".)

(See "Tonsillectomy (with or without adenoidectomy) in children: Postoperative care and complications".)


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