This guideline was published as a supplement in the February 2019 issue of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.
This clinical practice guideline (CPG), which is intended for all clinicians in any setting who interact with children aged 1 to 18 years who may be candidates for tonsillectomy, is an update of, and replacement for, the prior CPG that was published in 2011. The purpose of this multidisciplinary CPG is to identify quality improvement opportunities in managing children under consideration for tonsillectomy and to create explicit and actionable recommendations to implement these opportunities in clinical practice. Specifically, the goals are to educate clinicians, patients, and/or caregivers regarding the indications for tonsillectomy and the natural history of recurrent throat infections.
Update Leadership: Ron B. Mitchell, MD (Chair), Sanford M. Archer, MD (Assistant Chair), Stacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH (Methodologist), Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, MBA (Consultant).
Guideline Update Group: Sarah Coles, MD; Sandra A. Finestone, PsyD; Norman R. Friedman, MD, DABSM; Terri Giordano, DNP, CRNP, CORLN; Douglas M. Hildrew, MD; Tae W. Kim, MD; Robin M. Lloyd, MD; Sanjay R. Parikh, MD; Stanford T. Shulman, MD; David L. Walner, MD; Sandra A. Walsh, BS; and Lorraine C. Nnacheta, MPH.
The CPG is Endorsed By:
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
The American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM)
The Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Heck-Neck Nurses (SOHN)
The Society of Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA)
The Triological Society
The American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) Administrative Council has approved endorsement. Since the document has neither been presented nor approved by either the ASA Board of Directors or House of Delegates, it is not an official or approved statement or policy of the Society.