Navigation Links
Tonsillectomy Not Always Cost-Effective for Kids' Throat Woes
Date:11/19/2007

Close monitoring and treatment may often be the smarter choice, study suggests

MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) -- In children with mild to moderate symptoms of throat infection, surgery to remove the tonsils is more expensive, but not necessarily more beneficial, compared to simply watching and waiting to see if symptoms resolve, a Dutch study finds.

Between 2000 and 2003, researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht compared 151 children, ages 2 to 8, who were assigned to have adenotonsillectomy (removal of tonsils and adenoids) within six weeks and 149 children assigned to watchful waiting, which involved close monitoring and interventions as necessary. Follow-ups were conducted at three, six, 12, 18 and 24 months.

Annual costs averaged about $500 per child per year in the watchful waiting group, compared with about $730 (46 percent more) in the surgery group. Children who had surgery had fewer fevers, throat infections and respiratory tract infections than those in the watchful waiting group.

"Overall, the balance between costs and effects in this population seemed unfavorable for adenotonsillectomy, with incremental cost-effectiveness ratios in excess of $423 per disease episode averted," the study authors wrote.

"Note that this estimate includes societal costs such as parental leave of absence associated with their child's illness. Had these costs been left out of the equation, the figures would be even somewhat less favorable. With time, the child's immune system matures, and the difference in adverse episodes disappears. Thus, the initial cost increment in the adenotonsillectomy group will never be counterbalanced by a continued positive health effect," they concluded.

The study was published in the November issue of the journal Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.

More information

The American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head & Nec
'/>"/>

Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Obesity Doesnt Always Equal Diabetes
2. Consumer Reports Analysis: Drugs for Nerve Pain, Fibromyalgia Effective, But Not Always Best
3. Antibiotics Not Always Best Bet for Battling Childhood Ear Infections
4. Announcing Always Best Care Senior Services Expansion Into San Joaquin County, California
5. Announcing Always Best Care Senior Services Expansion Into the Littleton/Denver, Colorado Area
6. Announcing Always Best Care Senior Services Expansion into Colorado Springs, Colorado
7. Announcing Always Best Care Senior Services Expansion Into San Diego, California
8. Announcing Always Best Care Senior Services Expansion into Santa Barbara, California
9. Announcing Always Best Care Senior Services Expansion Into Cleveland, Ohio
10. Announcing Always Best Care Senior Services Expansion Into the Granada Hills/Sherman Oaks, California Areas
11. Some Epilepsy Patients Not Always Aware of Seizures
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/20/2014)... 2014 The Workgroup for Electronic ... on the use of health IT to create ... agenda for its annual fall conference, WEDI-Con 2014: ... 2014 will take place at the HYATT Regency ... a diverse cross-section of payers, providers, government regulators, ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 ... ready. While the transition from summer months means buying ... important element that is often a forgotten part of ... health. , According to the American Psychological Association, 27% ... school year. Nearly half (45%) say they are stressed ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... 20, 2014 Verndale is pleased to ... list; an exclusive list ranking the fastest-growing private companies ... according to their yearly percentage revenue growth over a ... on the Inc. 5000 list where it ranked number ... offers its clients a wide range of digital marketing ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Hope For The Warriors® is excited to announce ... in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at ... the courage of our wounded service members, their families, ... Got Heart, Give Hope® Celebration will benefit Hope For ... sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... “Have you recently been involved in an auto ... lawyer serving the greater Seattle area. “Are you still feeling ... keep reading . , In a recently released article, Dax ... accident can use to see if they may qualify for ... insurance claim will allow an individual to receive medical treatment ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:WEDI Releases Full Conference Agenda for Its Annual Fall Conference – WEDI-Con 2014 2Health News:WEDI Releases Full Conference Agenda for Its Annual Fall Conference – WEDI-Con 2014 3Health News:Five Easy Steps to Help Your Child Manage Back-to-school Stress 2Health News:Five Easy Steps to Help Your Child Manage Back-to-school Stress 3Health News:For the 8th Time, Verndale Has Been Honored on the Inc. 5000 List 2Health News:Hope For The Warriors Announces Got Heart, Give Hope Celebration in Washington, DC 2Health News:Five Questions to Determine Who Qualifies for a Personal Injury Claim Recently Released by The Jones Firm in Recent Article 2
... cohort studies on the association of alcohol consumption with colorectal ... 2 from Australia, 13 from Western Europe, and 24 from ... least at higher levels of consumption, is associated with an ... was no increase in the risk for consumers reporting an ...
... , TUESDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) --The lifestyle changes ... disease may also improve sexual function in men with ... from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., analyzed six ... determine how lifestyle changes and drugs used to treat ...
... for an effective vaccine and treatment against the potentially fatal ... the discovery of two ,Achilles, heels, within the virus. ... South Wales (UNSW) studied individuals at high risk of HCV ... the onset of infection. Using a new technique ...
... Canadian researchers has found the first evidence that lifelong ... While hearing studies have already shown that trained musicians ... is the first study to examine hearing abilities in ... 18 to 91 years of age. The study ...
... HealthDay Reporter , MONDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- ... become fathers, perhaps because they don,t need to compete with ... with their children. The findings don,t prove that fatherhood ... hormonal systems in men may detect that they,ve become fathers ...
... MONDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable electronic devices ... heart conditions and save lives, but these benefits may ... complications, a new study suggests. Researchers from the ... that people who develop an infection related to a ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Relation of alcohol consumption to colorectal cancer 2Health News:Breakthrough opens new avenues for hep C vaccine 2Health News:Science finding is music to the ears 2Health News:Testosterone Levels Seem to Fall With Fatherhood 2Health News:Testosterone Levels Seem to Fall With Fatherhood 3Health News:Heart Devices Like Pacemakers Linked to Infections 2
(Date:8/19/2014)...  As power morcellator lawsuits continue to mount ... notes that women in need of fibroid removal ... options that do not involve the use of ... report published by The Wall Street Journal on ... mini-laparotomy and vaginal hysterectomy. Non-surgical options for shrinking ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... Aug. 19, 2014  Boehringer Ingelheim today announced ... accepted for review the New Drug Application (NDA) ... olodaterol delivered via the Respimat ® inhaler ... treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic ... emphysema. Tiotropium + olodaterol FDC will not be ...
(Date:8/19/2014)...  SCILEX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company engaged in the ... treatment of pain, announced that it had formed a Scientific ... Gudin , Dr. Charles Argoff , Dr. ... SCILEX Chief Executive Officer Anthony ... greatly assist in the development and commercialization of future ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:As Morcellator Lawsuits Mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Report Detailing Alternatives to Uterine Morcellation 2As Morcellator Lawsuits Mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Report Detailing Alternatives to Uterine Morcellation 3Boehringer Ingelheim Announces U.S. Filing for the Fixed-Dose Combination Tiotropium Plus Olodaterol for Patients with COPD 2Boehringer Ingelheim Announces U.S. Filing for the Fixed-Dose Combination Tiotropium Plus Olodaterol for Patients with COPD 3Boehringer Ingelheim Announces U.S. Filing for the Fixed-Dose Combination Tiotropium Plus Olodaterol for Patients with COPD 4Boehringer Ingelheim Announces U.S. Filing for the Fixed-Dose Combination Tiotropium Plus Olodaterol for Patients with COPD 5Boehringer Ingelheim Announces U.S. Filing for the Fixed-Dose Combination Tiotropium Plus Olodaterol for Patients with COPD 6Boehringer Ingelheim Announces U.S. Filing for the Fixed-Dose Combination Tiotropium Plus Olodaterol for Patients with COPD 7Boehringer Ingelheim Announces U.S. Filing for the Fixed-Dose Combination Tiotropium Plus Olodaterol for Patients with COPD 8SCILEX Pharmaceuticals Announces Scientific Advisory Board 2SCILEX Pharmaceuticals Announces Scientific Advisory Board 3SCILEX Pharmaceuticals Announces Scientific Advisory Board 4
... Aug, 24 BlueDot Medical, Inc. was named ... ranked #2,572 on the annual list of fastest ... among healthcare businesses. (Logo:   http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100817/INC5000LOGO ... "We are extremely proud to see the ...
... Medical, Inc., the leader in examination and minor surgery ... emitting diode) to deliver higher illumination in a limited ... rooms.  The Super Exam 50 LED features the latest ... The 15-watt light source in the ...
Cached Medicine Technology:New Super Exam 50® LED from Burton Medical Provides the Most Positionable, High Intensity Diagnostic Light Available 2
Speculum can be used for any type of eye surgery. Arms of speculum lie flat due to joint between blade and arms. Features quick locking mechanism....
Adult model. Spring-controlled spread of blades with locking mechanism. Dull finish. Blades: 14 mm....
Solid 14 mm blades, suture posts, and canthus bar. Dull finish....
... the E3671 twisted snare wires. The wire is ... the loop can be stopped at any point. ... loop can be slipped down the nerve before ... Comes with one package of E3671 twisted snare ...
Medicine Products: