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

D. Akgun, F. K. Seymour, A. Qayyum, Ronald Crystal, A. Frosh

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Volume123
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Great Britain
  • Outcome Measures
  • Tonsillectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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