(2010) Guideline 117: Management of sore throat and indications for tonsillectomy - Full guideline. The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. SIGN guidelines are derived from a systematic review of the scientific literature and are designed as a vehicle for accelerating the translation of new knowledge into action to meet our aim of reducing variations in practice, and improving patient-important outcomes.
The guideline provides recommendations on: presentation and diagnosis in primary care; pain relief for adults and children; antibiotics for acute and recurrent sore throat; surgery for recurrent tonsillitis; referral criteria for tonsillectomy; postoperative pain and prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting; and provision of information. Specific surgical techniques, anaesthetic techniques and organisation of care are not covered.