pediatric housecalls Robert R. Jarrett M.D. M.B.A. FAAP

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Tonsillectomy – part two

Due to editing and space constraints, my (newspaper) article on tonsillectomy two weeks ago did not present the entire picture of how physicians feel about this surgical procedure… and generated several additional questions – which we will cover here.
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Tonsillectomy – Risks and Benefits

I have been asked several times this week about tonsillectomy – whether or not a child should have their tonsils taken out by surgery.  Usually the question is in response to a sore throat of some kind, whether or not there is an infected tonsil.

There are just so many variables (i.e. whether it is acute or chronic, allergic or contagious etc.) that my reply must be largely individualized; so, a short article cannot adequately cover the topic.
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Spinal Taps in Children

Let me let you listen in on a typical conversation between a pediatrician and parents of an infant, child or adolescent who is quite ill.

“Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Adam looks very ill, but I can’t be sure about what’s causing it until we run some tests.”
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