Tonsillectomy in Children

Authoring Organization

Endorsing Organizations

Publication Month/Year

January 30, 2019

Document Type


External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

The purpose of this multidisciplinary updated guideline is to identify quality improvement opportunities in managing children undergoing tonsillectomy and to create clear and actionable recommendations to implement these opportunities in clinical practice.

Target Patient Population

Any child 1 to 18 years of age who may be a candidate for tonsillectomy

Target Provider Population

Any provider who cares for children 1 to 18 years of age who may be a candidate for tonsillectomy

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adolescent, Child

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Childcare center, Operating and recovery room, Outpatient

Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Rehabilitation, Prevention, Management

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D017286 - Polysomnography, D014068 - Tonsillectomy, D014069 - Tonsillitis, D020181 - Sleep Apnea, Obstructive


sleep-disordered breathing, tonsillitis, tonsillectomy, adenotonsillectomy, obstructive sleep apnea, polysomnography

Source Citation

Mitchell RB, Archer SM, Ishman SL, et al. Clinical Practice Guideline: Tonsillectomy in Children (Update). Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2019;160(1_suppl):S1-S42. doi:10.1177/0194599818801757

Supplemental Methodology Resources

Methodology Supplement, Methodology Supplement


Number of Source Documents
Literature Search Start Date
January 1, 2017
Literature Search End Date
February 1, 2017