Tonsil Removal Could Harm Health Later in Life

August 09, 2018

Tonsil removal was considered a cure-all for children who repeatedly endured sore throats.  A University of Melbourne study suggests having your tonsils out in childhood could harm your health later in life.

University of Melbourne researchers found that children under 10 who had their tonsils removed could be at triple the risk of throat, nose and sinus infections as adults.  And children who had adenoids taken out could be at double the risk of lung disease, throat and sinus infections, and the eye infection conjunctivitis.  Those who had the procedures were also at higher risk of asthma, pneumonia and allergies.

Because tonsils and adenoids are part of the immune system, researchers said removing them while children were developing could make them more susceptible to infections and allergies.

Courier Mail