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Need for tonsillectomies in question
Contra Costa Times

Decades ago, entire classrooms of children would check into the hospital and get their tonsils removed en masse.

Though tonsillectomies fell out of favor in the 1980s, the procedure has spiked again in recent years to treat a new diagnosis — sleep apnea, a breathing disorder — but not without controversy. And the surgery is now sure to garner renewed scrutiny because of the case of 13-year-old Jahi McMath of Oakland, who suffered sudden bleeding from her nose and mouth and cardiac arrest after a Dec. 9 surgery intended to help with her sleeping problem.