About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Tonsillectomy may Benefit Some Adult Patients

by Bidita Debnath on April 3, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Font : A-A+

 Tonsillectomy may Benefit Some Adult Patients

According to a randomized trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), tonsillectomy may result in fewer severe sore throats and could benefit some adult patients.

Recurrent severe sore throats result in lost work or school days and frequent use of antibiotics.


Researchers from Finland conducted a randomized open trial to determine whether tonsillectomy reduced episodes of severe sore throats (pharyngitis). The trial involved 86 patients, 46 of whom had the procedure and 40 who did not. The primary outcome was the difference in the number of patients with severe pharyngitis within 5 months. This had to be confirmed by a visit to a medical professional, a throat culture or blood sample and a rating of pain as severe.

At 5 months, 3% of the control patients (1) and none of the tonsillectomy group had a severe sore throat. Of the people in the tonsillectomy group, 4% (2) visited a physician for a severe sore throat compared with 43% (17) in the control group; 80% (32) of the control group had an acute sore throat compared with 39% (18) in the tonsillectomy group.

"During follow-up, the overall rate of pharyngitis and number of days with throat pain, fever, rhinitis and cough were significantly lower in the tonsillectomy group than in the control group," writes Dr. Timo Koskenkorva, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland, with coauthors.

However, "patients in both groups graded their throat pain as mild."The tonsillectomy group reported improved quality of life with few lost work or school days compared with the control group.

The researchers note that because the trial was open and participants knew whether they had had a tonsillectomy, subjective bias might have been introduced to the study.

"Adult patients who had disabling pharyngitis involving the palatine tonsils more than 3 times per year that prevented normal functioning and led to medical consultation benefitted from tonsillectomy," conclude the authors. "The morbidity and complications related to tonsillectomy must be considered when physicians and patients decide whether the clinical benefits outweigh the risks of surgery."

Source: Eurekalert


Recommended Reading

Latest Clinical Trials News

New Approach Uses Nanoparticles to Repair Lymphatic Vessels
Is there a new way to treat lymphedema? Yes, swelling due to damaged lymphatic vessels can be treated using nanoparticles that can travel through the lymphatic vessels.
 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Differs in Early and Late Stage
Early and late Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) disease processes in the post-mortem brains were similar in some ways but dramatically different in others.
 Preventing Scar Tissue After Heart Attack With Hydrogel Therapy
Researchers have developed a new hydrogel biomaterial that adheres to heart tissue to prevent scar tissue formation after a heart attack and its consequences.
 Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil for Urinary Stones Pain Relief: Do They Work
The oil extracted from Cannabidiol (CBD) present in cannabis (marijuana) does not lower pain scores after common treatment for urinary stones.
 New Temperature-Stable Tuberculosis (TB) Vaccine is Safe and Effective
A clinical trial testing a freeze-dried, temperature-stable experimental tuberculosis (TB) vaccine in healthy adults found it prompted immune response and was safe.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Tonsillectomy may Benefit Some Adult Patients Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests