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Tonsil Removal
Posted by: Jay Stevens
Date: December 8, 1999 4:27 AM

My 7 year old son has experienced almost continual sore throats during the winter for the last 3 years. This last month he has had positive strep tests twice and is now on his second type of antibiotic. His pediatrician and an ear, nose and throat specialist are recommending his tonsils be removed. Is this the right thing to do?

Tonsil Removal
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: December 10, 1999 1:10 AM

The tonsils are an important part of the immune system. They stand sentinel for the gastrointestinal tract. It is no accident that 80% of the immune system is clustered around the gastrointestinal tract - this is where we contact the outside world most frequently. When the tonsils become infected over and over the problem is with the entire immune system, not the tonsils themselves. I suggest you find a doctor with a different approach.

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