TonsillitisDRG Categor

Mean LOS: 1.5 days Description: SURGICAL: Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy Only Age 0-17

Tonsils are defined as the masses of lymphatic tissue that are located in the depressions of the mucous membranes of the fauces (constricted opening, leading from the mouth to the oral pharynx) and pharynx. The tonsils act as a filter to protect the body from bacterial invasion via the oral cavity and also to produce white blood cells. Tonsillitis is generally referred to as an inflammation of a tonsil, particularly a faucial tonsil. Acute tonsillitis is considered acute pharyngitis. When tonsillar involvement is severe, the term tonsillopharyngitis or tonsillitis is used; when the involvement is minor, the term nasopharyngitis is used. Nearly all children have at least one episode of tonsillitis during their childhood.

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