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Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Treatment in Children May Cause Weight Gain

Tonsillectomies are commonly prescribed to help children who suffer from sleep apnea, but a recent study found that the treatment can make children gain weight, especially if they’re already overweight. In the study, researchers analyzed 204 children between the ages of five and nine who were recommended to undergo tonsillectomy surgery and another 192 children who didn’t. The team followed...

Tonsillectomy Leaves 13-year old Jahi McMath Brain Dead

A routine surgery to improve the quality of life has cost a 13-year old in California to lose her life instead. Jahi McMath, 13, went to have her tonsils removed last week at the local Children’s Hospital. She was expected to stay overnight, the local CBS affiliate reports, but she began bleeding from her nose and mouth shortly after her tonsillectomy. She went into cardiac arrest, and doctors say...