An understanding of the anatomy and physiology of Waldeyer’s tonsillar ring is important to learning as how to diagnose and treat diseases in the upper aerodigestive tract. The physician should have an understanding of the many disease processes that can affect this region and how to treat them. The clinician should be aware of the possible complications of diseases in Waldeyer’s ring and the common presentations so these can be recognized and immediate treatment can be initiated. The physician should be knowledgeable of the current indications for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy and be aware of the potential complications during the postoperative course.
Keywords: Adenoidectomy, Adenoids, Clinical guidelines, Nonsuppurative complications, Palatine tonsils, Pharyngitis, Post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage, Suppurative complications, Tonsillectomy, Tonsillitis, Waldeyer’s tonsillar ring.