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Kulak Burun Bogaz Ihtis Derg. 2012 Mar-Apr;22(2):87-90. doi: 10.5606/kbbihtisas.2012.016.

Histopathologic examination of routine tonsil and adenoid specimens: is it a necessary approach?

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Medical Faculty of Gaziosmanpaşa University, Tokat, Turkey. drsemakoc@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study aims to investigate whether it is necessary to perform histopathologic examination of the specimens of tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

In this retrospective and multicenter study, 1021 pediatric and adult patients (557 males, 464 females; median age 8 years; range 5 to 13 years) who underwent adenoidectomy and/or tonsillectomy were included. Of the patients, 809 (79.3%) were pediatrics, while 212 (20.7%) were adult. Age, gender, histopathologic diagnosis and risk for malignancy in the patients with malignant diagnosis were reviewed using present patient records.

RESULTS:

Adenotonsillectomy was performed on 396 patients (38.8%), tonsillectomy on 266 patients (26%) and adenoidectomy on 359 patients (35.2%). Of the 1021 patients, 1011 (99%) received a benign histopathologic diagnosis, while 11 (1%) receieved malignant diagnosis. Malignant diagnosis was present only in adult patients. All patients diagnosed with a malignancy had one or more preoperative risk factors. No unexpected malignant diagnosis was found in any of the patients without preoperative risk factors.

CONCLUSION:

We concluded that histopathologic diagnosis may not be required for the patients without preoperative risk factors, particularly pediatric patients.

PMID:
22548265
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