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Taste disorders after tonsillectomy: a long-term follow-up

Heiser, Clemens
Hörmann, Karl
Stuck, Boris A
Published in Laryngoscope. 2012, vol. 122, no. 6, p. 1265-6
Abstract In a former study, taste disturbances after tonsillectomy seemed to be more frequent than expected. Eight percent of patients reported subjective taste disorders 6 months after tonsillectomy. Fifteen patients from the initial trial, who reported taste disorders after tonsillectomy, were contacted again for this long-term follow-up. A telephone interview using the same questionnaire addressing the current self-estimate of taste function was performed. At 32 ± 10 months following surgery, two (0.9%) patients still reported suffering from taste disturbance. This long-term follow-up study shows that dysgeusia following tonsillectomy occurs in approximately 1% of patients. These data should be considered when patients are informed about complications after tonsillectomy.
Keywords AdultAge DistributionDysgeusia/epidemiology/etiology/physiopathologyFemaleFollow-Up StudiesGermanyHumansIncidenceMaleMiddle AgedPostoperative Complications/epidemiology/physiopathologyQuestionnairesRetrospective StudiesSeverity of Illness IndexSex DistributionTaste Disorders/epidemiology/etiology/physiopathologyTime FactorsTonsillectomy/adverse effects/methodsYoung Adult
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HEISER, Clemens et al. Taste disorders after tonsillectomy: a long-term follow-up. In: Laryngoscope, 2012, vol. 122, n° 6, p. 1265-6. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:32053

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