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Adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy for recurrent upper respiratory tract infections?

Q: My three and a half year old son has recurrent upper respiratory tract infections and subsequent obstructions-almost every month. The doctor has said it is due to adenoids and advised adenoidectomy. Is there anyway of confirming whether he will really be benefitted by the surgery? Is tonsillectomy also advised with adenoidectomy? He is also on inhalational steroids for bronchial asthma.

A:You need to get an X-ray: Lateral view of skull for nasopharynx, which would confirm the enlarged adenoids. If the tonsills are also large, or if the child is getting more than 4-5 episodes of severe tonsillitis a year, they may also need to be removed. No age is too small or too big if the correct indications are there. Normally the incidence of upper respiratory infections decreases as the size of the adenoids decrease with age, and if borderline, you may want to wait and watch.

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