Having Had An Tonsillectomy And/Or Adenoidectomy

Evaluating Risk Factors: Having Had Your Tonsils Removed

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as having had an tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

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If you indicate having undergone surgery in the past, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had a Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy, a procedure in which the tonsils and/or adenoids are removed?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, tonsils OR adenoids, before age 20
→ Yes, tonsils AND adenoids, before age 20
→ Yes, tonsils OR adenoids, after age 20
→ Yes, tonsils AND adenoids, after age 20

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either tonsils/adenoids out before age 20 or tonsils/adenoids out after age 20, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:
Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

Swedish researchers reported in 2011 that having tonsils (or the appendix) removed before age 20 increases one's risk of suffering a heart attack at a young age – 44% increased risk for tonsils, and 33% for the appendix.

Weakened Immune System

The tonsils are part of the immune system and create antibodies (immunoglobulins) that help build immunity against infectious disease.  They also create T- and B-lymphocytes ("T cells" and "B cells"), which play important roles in the immune response.

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