Chronic Tonsillitis in Pediatric Patients

Chronic tonsillitis is the inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils lasting greater than 3 months, a common disorder affecting children. It typically affects those older than 2 years old. Chronic tonsillitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses, acid reflux and possibly allergies, but also may be multifactorial. Symptoms may include chronic sore throat, bad breath, and/or tender neck lymph nodes. Patients with chronic tonsillitis often improve while on antibiotic therapy, but then sore throat will return once antibiotic is completed/discontinued. It is a common reason for removing the tonsils, also known as tonsillectomy in children and adults. 


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