12/26/2013 09:49 am ET

Questions About Tonsillectomies To Treat Sleep Apnea After A Child Falls Critically Ill


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

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