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Routine abscess tonsillectomy: late results.
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PMID:  1078257     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The late results of abscess tonsillectomy as a routine treatment of peritonsillar abscess were investigated. The material comprises 113 patients. Follow-up was performed two to five years after the operation (bilateral dissection tonsillectomy under general anesthesia). Symptoms of pharyngitis, recurrent or chronic, were present in 17 percent of the patients, in most cases without major objective changes in the throat. The incidence of these symptoms was highest--70 percent--in patients past middle age without any history of trouble from the throat before the peritonsillar abscess. Tonsil remnants were seen in 28 percent, but only 6 percent of the patients had new episodes of febrile throat infections. The results are discussed. A reserved attitude to abscess tonsillectomy (and to interval tonsillectomy) is recommended for peritonsillar abscess in elderly patients without previous trouble from the throat.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Laryngoscope     Volume:  86     ISSN:  0023-852X     ISO Abbreviation:  Laryngoscope     Publication Date:  1976 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-01-26     Completed Date:  1984-01-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8607378     Medline TA:  Laryngoscope     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  286-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Chronic Disease
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Peritonsillar Abscess / surgery*
Pharyngitis / etiology
Postoperative Complications
Respiratory Tract Infections / etiology

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