A case of a tonsillectomy in an 18 year old patient with recurrent tonsillitis.
The tonsils are lymphoid tissue covered by respiratory epithelium, which is invaginated and which causes crypts. In addition to producing lymphocytes, the tonsils are active in the synthesis of immunoglobulins. Because they are the first lymphoid aggregates in the aerodigestive tract, the tonsils are thought to play a role in immunity. Although healthy tonsils offer immune protection, diseased tonsils are less effective at serving their immune functions. Diseased tonsils are associated with decreased antigen transport, decreased antibody production above baseline levels, and chronic bacterial infection.
Compared with watchful waiting, tonsillectomy provided an additional, but small, reduction in the episodes of sore throat, days of school absence associated with sore throat, and upper respiratory infections. Results of other studies have suggested an overall patient satisfaction and improved quality of life.
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