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TONSILLECTOMY: SURGICAL TECHNIQUE AND COMPLICATIONS Indications for tonsillectomy Recurrent tonsillitis

The usual indication for removal of the tonsils is recurrent tonsillitis, and most otolaryngologists look for a history of recurrent episodes lasting at least 12 months, with attacks during that period, before considering the operation. With a longer history, slightly less frequent attacks will be accepted. There should be some evidence that the attacks are genuine ones of tonsillitis (usually obtained from the history), as well as an indication of the severity of the illness and the duration.