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J Laryngol Otol. 2009 Feb;123(2):199-202. doi: 10.1017/S0022215108002600. Epub 2008 May 20.

Assessment of clinical improvement and quality of life before and after tonsillectomy.

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ENT Department, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, UK. dilek-akgun@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess clinical improvement and quality of life measures in patients who had undergone tonsillectomy for recurrent acute and chronic tonsillitis between March 2004 and March 2005.

METHOD:

A retrospective survey of all adults and children who had undergone tonsillectomy for recurrent acute and chronic tonsillitis. Patients were asked to compare their symptoms for the 12-month period before and after tonsillectomy.

RESULTS:

A review of 100 patients revealed that, following tonsillectomy: their days off work (or school) due to sore throat reduced by 95.3 per cent (from a mean of 27.6 to 1.3 days; confidence intervals 89.7 and 99.6 per cent); their visits to their general practitioner due to sore throat reduced by 95.6 per cent (from a mean of 7.9 to 0.4 visits; confidence intervals 93.8 and 95.1 per cent); and more than 90 per cent reported improved feelings of well-being, general health and energy.

CONCLUSION:

We conclude that tonsillectomy is of benefit for patients with recurrent acute and chronic tonsillitis. Tonsillectomy significantly reduced general practitioner attendances and resulted in an improved feeling of health and well-being.

PMID:
18492313
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215108002600
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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