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Am J Otolaryngol. 2016 Mar-Apr;37(2):116-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2015.11.002. Epub 2015 Dec 1.

Evaluation of iron and zinc levels in recurrent tonsillitis and tonsillar hypertrophy.

Author information

1
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Gaziosmanpasa University School of Medicine, Tokat, Turkey. Electronic address: btahsin@hotmail.com.
2
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Gaziosmanpasa University School of Medicine, Tokat, Turkey.
3
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ahi Evran University School of Medicine, Kırşehir, Turkey.
4
Faculty of Science and Arts of Chemistry, Gaziosmanpasa University, Tokat, Turkey.
5
Department of Pathology, Gaziosmanpasa University School of Medicine, Tokat, Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study is to look into the roles of iron and zinc metals in etiopathogenesis of recurrent tonsillitis and tonsillar hypertrophy by evaluating the levels of iron and zinc elements in the palatine tonsillar tissue.

METHODS:

In total, 40 patients who underwent a tonsillectomy to treat recurrent tonsillitis and tonsillar hypertrophy were included in the study. Patients were classified into two groups, recurrent tonsillitis and tonsillar hypertrophy, determined by the results of clinical and histopathological examination. The levels of iron and zinc elements were determined for each tonsillar tissue sample.

RESULTS:

There was a significant difference in the iron and zinc concentrations (p<0.001) between the tonsillar hypertrophy and recurrent tonsillitis groups. The levels of iron and zinc were significantly lower in the recurrent tonsillitis group.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study suggests that low tissue concentrations of iron and zinc may lead to recurrent tonsillitis.

PMID:
26954864
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjoto.2015.11.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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