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Evolution of Adenoidectomy

The surgical removal of the adenoids has typically been performed through a various number of methods. Using a laryngeal mirror, the adenoids are visualized through the mouth, and an instrument is used to remove or shrink the adenoid tissue. Traditionally, this is performed by methods such as cauterization, ablation, cold steel excision with a knife, and microdebridement. It is common for children undergoing tonsillectomy to have adenoidectomy performed at the same time. In addition, older children and those with multiple sets of ear tubes that are still having ear infections will typically consider adenoidectomy.

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