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Niger J Clin Pract. 2014 Jan-Feb;17(1):90-4. doi: 10.4103/1119-3077.122855.

Indications for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy: our experience.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Bayero University, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Infection and obstruction are the most common indications for performing tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. In the past, infection was the main indication for these procedures; however, in the last few decades obstruction is said to be more prominent as an indication when compared to infection.

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to report our observations of indications for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This is a 2 year retrospective analysis of case records of patients aged 0-18 years who have had tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy and adenotonsillectomy performed in a tertiary hospital.

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED:

IBM SPSS (for windows, version 19) software was used to analyze this data.

RESULTS:

A total of 115 patient's records were reviewed. Moreover, 33.9% were children under 3 years, 60.0% were between 4 years and 10 years and 6.1% were between the ages of 11 years and 18 years. Obstruction accounted for a total of 68.7% while infection accounted for only 31.3% of the indication for these procedures.

CONCLUSION:

Obstruction as an indication is proportionally higher in younger children while infection is proportionally higher in older children.

PMID:
24326815
DOI:
10.4103/1119-3077.122855
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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