Sunday, June 15, 2008


Posted by Neill Abayon

Children with recurrent strep throat and whose tonsils have not been removed are three times more likely to develop subsequent episodes of strep throat than children who undergo tonsillectomy, according to a Mayo clinic study. "These results suggests that tonsillectomy is a useful therapy for treating children with recurrent strep throat infections," says Dr. Laura Orvidas, Mayo Clinic ear,nose and throat surgeon and senior study investigator.
Pharyngitis and tonsilitis are among the most common diagnosed paediatric illnesses, accounting for a large proportion of physician visits per year. Strep infections are responsible for 15 to 30 percent of all cases of Phayngitis. In
addition, 20 to 30 percent of children who are diagnosed with strep pharyngeal infection may experience a second infection with in 60 days of the initial episode.

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