What is the prognosis (outlook) for a child who has had an adenoidectomy?

After an adenoidectomy, a child almost always has a full recovery to a healthier life with far fewer breathing and ear problems. Your child may temporarily have a sore throat, earaches, bad breath, or stuffy-feeling nose as he or she recovers.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/06/2019.


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  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Treating Middle Ear Fluid. Accessed 6/20/2019.

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