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How common are tonsillectomies?

Tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, with more than 530,000 procedures performed annually in children under 15 years old. Tonsils are clumps of tissue on both sides of the throat that help fight infections. Tonsils may swell when they become infected (tonsillitis). If you look down your child's throat with a flashlight, the tonsils may be red and swollen or have a white or yellow coating on them. Enlarged tonsils without any symptoms are common among kids.

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