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Management of sore throat and indications for tonsillectomy

Author(s)Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
AbstractThis guideline presents evidence-based recommendations for the management of acute and recurring sore throat and indications for tonsillectomy. The guideline only considers tonsillectomy for recurring sore throat; It does not address tonsillectomy for suspected malignancy or as a treatment for sleep apnoea, peritonsillar abscess or other conditions. The published literature is mainly concerned with a paediatric population and there is little evidence concerning the management of recurring sore throats in adults. The aim of this guideline is to suggest a rational approach to the management of acute sore throat in general practice and to provide reasonable criteria for referral for tonsillectomy. The guideline also provides examples of patient information leaflets (Annexes 2 and 3) which may assist in management and facilitate decision making about operation and suggests areas where further research could be productive.
Date of publishing01/01/99
Date of last review by us02/28/2008
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