Clinical Practice Guideline


Tonsillectomy in Children

(Endorsed With Qualifications, 2013)

The following guideline on Tonsillectomy in Children was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery and endorsed with qualifications by the AAFP.


Four of the ten recommendations were upgraded based on lower-level evidence. These include recommendations 4, 5, 6 and 10 in the guideline.

These guidelines are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient’s family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These guidelines are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the guidelines must be implemented.