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Tonsillitis – Palatine Tonsil

Tonsils are the structure located either sides in the throat. Tonsils catches the bacteria and virus kind microbes entering the throat and they produce antibodies which are the substances that fights with microbes. You will be able to see the tonsil by looking at your child’s throat with a torch. Tonsil infections develop when the tonsils meet with microbes and when they swell.


If your child gets constant and often tonsil infections, your doctor may suggest to remove the tonsils. After removal of the tonsils children do not get sick often, because other tissues that function like tonsils in the body can produce enough substance that fights against microbes.


What are the symptoms of palatine tonsils (Tonsillitis)?

Your child may have one or more of the following symptoms of tonsillitis:

  • Sore throat
  • Feeling pain or discomfort when swallowing
  • Bad breath
  • Fever
  • Furcation of voice
  • Swelling on the lymphatic glands on the neck


If you look at your child’s throat, you may be able to see his/her tonsils are red and swelled. And sometimes, there might be white or yellowish stain on the tonsils. You may not be able to understand if your child’s tonsils got infections; if you are suspicious that your child may have palatine tonsils then get in touch with a doctor.


Your doctor may suggest tonsillectomy if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Your child’s respiration will be blocked by the enlargement of the tonsils
  • Your child may have trouble by swallowing
  • Frequently recurrent sore throat
  • Frequently recurrent tonsils infections
  • Tonsils infections may be reason for combination of middle ear infectşons, sinuses, etc.


On Tonsillectomy Operation:

Your child will be put sleep under general anesthesia. Which means that this operation will get done in the operating room and your child will be watched by anesthesia specialist during the surgery. Your child will sleep approximately 20-30 minutes. The surgeon will remove the tonsils from his/her mouth. For a tonsillectomy a cut is not needed on the skin. The surgeon will remove the tonsils by making some cut from where the tonsils are located and will stop the bleeding.


Your child will wake up in the waking up room. On the sign of dyspnea or bleeding your child might need to be taken back to the operation. Generally, duration in the hospital is between 5 – 10 hours. Children who is not getting enough liquid food, under 3-year-old or children with persistent diseases such as fainting spells will stay overnight in the hospital.


In our center we also operate tonsillectomy by Thermal Welding Method.

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