Recent Advances in Tonsils and Mucosal Barriers of the Upper Airways

7th International Symposium on Tonsils and Mucosal Barriers of the Upper Airways, Asahikawa, July 2010: Proceedings

Editor(s): Harabuchi Y. (Asahikawa) 
Hayashi T. (Asahikawa) 
Katada A. (Asahikawa) 
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Vol. 72, 2011
Section title: Medical and Surgical Treatments of Pharyngotonsillitis
Harabuchi Y (ed): Recent Advances in Tonsils and Mucosal Barriers of the Upper Airways. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. Basel, Karger, 2011, vol 72, pp 142–145

Clinical Guideline on Adenotonsillectomy: The Italian Experience

Bellussi L.M. · Marchisio P. · Materia E. · Passàli F.M.
aENT Clinic University of Siena, Siena, bDepartment of Maternal and Pediatric Sciences, University of Milan Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Milan, Milan, cPublic Health Agency Lazio-Sanità Roma, Roma, and dENT Department Tor Vergata University Roma, Roma, Italy

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Five years after publishing the document on ‘The clinical and organizational appropriateness of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy’ in 2003, a multidisciplinary group of experts came together again to update this document and to publish a guideline with grading of evidences and recommendations. Major revisions of the previous document were addressed to: (1) the diagnosis and indications for adenotonsillectomy in presence of OSAS in children, (2) the analysis of advantages of new surgical techniques in terms of effectiveness, costs or the risk of postsurgery bleeding and recurrences, and (3) the efficacy of perioperative management in reducing the incidence and duration of post-operative events. In fact, in the last years, a relevant number of evidence became available on the above-mentioned items making the need for a continuing updating of guidelines tangible. As a premise to the guideline, it is stressed how the previous document impact was prominent: the decrease of total number of tonsillectomy in Italy was evident and accompanied by a decrease of variations in the regional rates. Besides the document contributed to strengthen the multidisciplinary collaboration, especially between pediatricians and otorhinolaryngologists, and to divulge the Evidence-Based Medicine culture.

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