Take latest tonsillectomy study with a 'large grain of salt'

Experts urge caution over new study linking tonsillectomies to increased risk of respiratory diseases

Respiratory experts have urged caution over the findings of a new study that shows children who have their tonsils or adenoids removed have an increased risk of developing respiratory and allergic diseases later in life.


“The study’s conclusions are best taken with a large grain of salt,” said Dr Robert Loblay from the allergy unit at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.

The study, which followed 1.2 million Danish children up to the age of 30, aimed to determine the long-term disease risks of childhood adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy and adenotonsillectomy performed from birth to nine.