SAN DIEGO-Weighing whether or not to perform tonsillectomy boils down to a balance between benefit and harm, declared Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, at the lively and well-attended miniseminar on evidence-based tonsillectomy at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery annual meeting here.
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The session was designed to help guide otolaryngologists in their decision-making. Even though the surgery is still commonly performed, Dr. Rosenfeld reminded his audience, it remains a nontrivial one.
Dr. Rosenfeld, Chairman and Professor of Otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and his co-presenter, Martin J. Burton, MA, DM, of the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals in the UK and founding editor of the Cochrane Collaboration ENT Section, summarized the dilemmas surrounding tonsillectomy, including appropriate indications, the most effective surgical methods, perioperative management, and clinical outcomes. Both presenters used humor to good effect during their well-organized presentation designed to introduce a more rational approach to tonsillectomy.