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Evaluation of tonsillectomy as a treatment for pustulosis palmaris et plantaris.


One hundred and twenty-four cases of pustulosis palmaris et plantaris (PPP) were studied by questionnaire survey to evaluate the effectiveness of tonsillectomy as treatment. We found that tonsillectomy as a method of treatment for PPP showed a significantly high rate of cure, against which other methods of treatment, e.g. corticosteroid therapy, PUVA therapy and so on, were compared. The examination, by means of Kaplan-Meier's method, showed a 59.2% cure rate for patients one year after tonsillectomy and 71.8% 2 years after the operation. When patients are older than 60 years, the prognosis is good, regardless of the method of treatment.

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