A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) brings bad news to people undergoing tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery.

Apparently, removal of tonsils and adenoid in children increases the chances of upper respiratory tract infections and asthma as they mature.

This result was obtained after the researchers studied Danish national health data from 1.2 million children born from 1979 to 1999 for 30 years. These children included 17,500 who underwent adenoidectomy, 12,000 who underwent tonsillectomy, and 31,000 experienced both.

People who have had tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery are found to have an upper respiratory infection risk of at least two percent higher than the majority of people. This increase can even reach two-fold.

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You need to know, in general adults have 12 percent chance of experiencing this disease.

Lead author of the University of Melbourne study and researcher Sean G Byars, PhD, says our results show an important issue, whether the benefits of surgery outweigh the short-term and long-term morbidity risks? The long-term risk association we found provided a new perspective to consider.

However, some ENT doctors, including Drs. Nikhila Raol and Steven Goudy from Emory University School of Medicine interviewed by Healthline on Thursday (14/06/2018), cautioned the importance of being careful in using statistics as arguments.

Raol says that these results show only non-clinical statistical interest. Goudy also questioned why none of the medical doctors were involved in the study.

Then, both also criticize the selection of data used to make inferences. Because the data does not include the reasons behind the operation.

“Most people do not go to the clinic and have their tonsils removed for no reason. This report does not discuss it, “Goudy said.


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