Weight gain after tonsil surgery linked to age

Study shows that side effect generally occurs in children under age 6

Sudden, significant weight gains following a tonsillectomy occur mostly in young children and are not related to the underlying diagnosis that prompted the procedure, Johns Hopkins experts discovered in a recent study.

More than 500,000 tonsillectomies are performed in the U.S. each year, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. The procedure is frequently followed by an increase in body mass index, which some believed to be a side effect specifically in children who had their tonsils removed as a primary treatment for sleep apnea.

But JHU experts in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery have linked the weight gain to age, finding that it occurs most often in children under the age of 6.

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