Tonsillitis, Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy | PPT

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Tonsillitis, Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy



Most commonly performed procedure in the history of surgery

$500 million annually in healthcare expenditures


Almost exclusively by Otolaryngologists

Celsus in 50 A.D.

Caque of Rheims

Phillip Syng developed the tonsillotome




Clinical Evaluation

Acute Tonsillitis

Chronic Tonsillitis

Obstructive Tonsillar Hyperplasia


Clinical Evaluation

Odynophagia, fever, tender cervical lymphadenopathy.

Supporting documents, 2 or more

Fever> 38.5

Tonsillar Exudate

Tender cervical LAD >2cm

Positive throat culture


Clinical evaluation


Lower grade fever

Lower WBC, Lymphocytic shift

Less tonsillar exudate


Higher WBC, Granulocytic shift

More exudative

Recurrent Acute Tonsillitis

Seven episodes in a single year

Five or more episodes in 2 years

Three or more episodes in 3 years

Chronic Tonsillitis

No true consensus on the definition.

Symptoms greater than 4 weeks

Differential Diagnosis

Infectious Mononucleosis


Scarlet Fever

Corynebacterium diptheriae


Complications of Tonsillitis

Cervical Adenitis

Neck Abscess

Peritonsillar abscess

Intratonsillar abscess

Lemierre’s syndrome

Post Streptococcal Glomerulonephritis

Joint Pain and oliguric renal failure 10 days after the pharyngitis.

Treatment aimed at eliminating the infection and supportive therapy for renal failure.

Excellent prognosis in children.

Adenoid Hyperplasia




Open mouth breathing

Purulent rhinorrhea, post nasal drip, chronic cough, and headache

Obstructive Airway Symptoms


Apneic episodes with gasping or choking

Daytime hypersomnolence

Nocturnal enuresis

Behavioral disturbances

Heart failure and Failure to thrive

Tonsil Size

Grade                    %

1                <25

2                25-50

3                51-75

4                >75

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Polysomnography is the gold standard of diagnosis.

Imperative in Adults

In children, a convincing history is adequate

OSA:  RDI > 5, SpO2<90%

UARS:  RDI <5, SpO2 >90%

Primary Snoring: RDI <1, SpO2>90%

Medical Therapy

TCHP recommends confirming bacterial pharyngitis before beginning antibiotics.

Rapid Strep Test

Throat Culture

Medical Therapy

First Line

Penicillin/Cephalosporin for 10 days

Injectable forms for noncompliance

BLPO, co pathogens


Penicillin allergy

Erythromycin/Clarithromycin 10 days

Azithromycin (12mg/kg/day) 5 days

Medical Therapy

Patients with recurrent otitis media history have higher bacterial concentrations with BLPO.

Initial treatment with anti-BLP antibiotic.

Adenotonsillar size may respond to a one month course of antibiotic therapy.

Adenoid hyperplasia may respond to a 6-8 week course of intranasal steroid.

Surgical Indications



Airway obstruction w/ cor pulmonale

Failure to thrive


Chronic Nasal Obstruction

Recurrent/ Chronic Adenoiditis

Recurrent/ Chronic Sinusitis

Recurrent acute otitis media/ Recurrent COME


Surgical Indications


Obstructive airway with cor pulmonale

Severe dysphagia

Failure to thrive


Recurrent acute tonsillitis

Chronic tonsillitis

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Peritonsillar Abscess


Suspected Neoplasia/ Tonsillar hyperplasia


Preoperative evaluation

Most common lab test is a CBC

Coagulation studies when the history or physical examination suggests a bleeding disorder.

Lateral Neck/Adenoid films

Von Willebrand’s Disease

Autosomal dominant bleeding disorder

Increased bleeding time and prolonged aPTT.

Perioperative management

IV Desmopressin (0.3ugm/kg)

Serum Sodium

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Most common thrombocytopenia of childhood.

90% resolution by 9-12 months


IVIG preoperatively

Innovative Surgical Techniques

Cold Dissection


Intracapsular partial tonsillectomy

Harmonic Scalpel

Radiofrequency tonsillar ablation and coblation.


Most popular technique for tonsillectomy

Equivalent or superior to the other methods of tonsillectomy.


Intracapsular Partial Tonsillectomy

45 degree Microdebrider (1500rpm).


As effective as standard tonsillectomy in relieving obstruction.

Less pain, quicker return to normal diet


Tonsillar regrowth

Greater intraoperative blood loss

Harmonic Scalpel


Better visibility

Smaller risk of stray energy shocks

Improved post operative pain


Must use alternate device for adenoidectomy

Similar intraoperative blood loss.

Radiofrequency tonsillar coblation

Coblation is superior to ablation.

Early elimination of pain and reduced pain medicine usage.

Early resumption of normal diet.

Currently inadequate for adenoidectomy

Adjuvant Therapies

Perioperative local anesthetic

0.25% bupivicaine w/ 1:100,000 Epinephrine


ease of dissection, postoperative pain


Airway obstruction, cardiac dysrrhythmias, seizures





Adjuvant Therapies

Perioperative antibiotics

Fewer episodes of fever, offensive odor, improved oral intake, less pain, fewer days to return to normal activity

Cardiac abnormality

Adjuvant Therapies

Perioperative Steroids

Dexamethasone (0.15-1.0mg/kg)

Two times less likely to have an episode of postoperative emesis, and more likely to advance to eating a soft diet.

Reducing postoperative pulmonary distress, subglottic edema, pain reduction.

Adjuvant Therapies

Pain control

Tylenol and Tylenol w/ codeine are the most commonly used.

Similar pain control, less oral intake with codeine versus Tylenol alone.

NSAIDS still controversial.


Mortality rate is 1 in 16000-35000.

Anesthetic complications

Eustachian tube injury


Nasopharyngeal stenosis

Pulmonary Edema

Atlantoaxial subluxation

23 hour observation

Age younger than 3.

Obstructive sleep apnea/craniofacial syndromes involving the airway.

Systemic disorders

Poor socioeconomic situation

Peritonsillar abscess

Emesis or Hemorrhage

Post Operative Hemorrhage

The best treatment is prevention.

Early vs. Delayed hemorrhage.

Overnight observation and venous access

Surgical intervention.

Carotid angiography if any suspicion of carotid artery injury.

Case Study

8yo male referred to the Pediatric clinic for evaluation and treatment of recurrent tonsillitis.


Only 2 episodes of documented pharyngitis in  the past 12 months, strep negative, only missed 5 days of school total last year.

Loud snoring, frequent pauses up to 5 seconds terminated with gasps of breath.

Physical Examination

Normal facies, open mouth breathing, tonsils 3+, no cleft deformities.

Remainder of exam is normal.

Case Study

Undergoes uneventful tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy with 23 hour observation.

On follow up visit 2 weeks postoperatively, his mom complains that he doesn’t like some of his favorite foods.  He says they taste “yucky”.

Decreased perception of taste with no smell abnormalities.



Unknown mechanism- thought to be due to prolonged pressure on the tongue by the mouth retractor.

Treatment is reassurance.




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