Quality of life after tonsillectomy in adults with recurrent or chronic tonsillitis

David L. Witsell, Laura J. Orvidas, Michael G. Stewart, Maureen T. Hannley, Edward M. Weaver, Bevan Yueh, Timothy Smith, Nira A. Goldstein

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Objective: To describe changes in disease-specific and global quality of life (QOL) for adults with recurrent or chronic tonsillitis at 6 months and 1 year after tonsillectomy using two instruments: the Tonsil and Adenoid Health Status Instrument (TAHSI) and the SF-12 Health Survey (12-item short form of SF-36 Health Survey). Study Design and Setting: Multicenter, prospective observational outcomes study. Results: Seventy-two adults, mean age 28.0 years (SD 7.2 years), were enrolled with follow-up available for 42 adults at 6 months and for 40 adults at 1 year. Patients showed significant improvements in all six subscales of the TAHSI: airway and breathing, infection, health care utilization, cost of care, eating and swallowing, and behavior (all P <0.0001). Significant improvements were also found in the physical functioning subscale of the SF-12 at 1 year. Conclusion: After tonsillectomy for recurrent and chronic tonsillitis, we found large improvements in disease-specific and global QOL. Significance: Most prior studies on tonsillectomy for recurrent tonsillitis have assessed only the frequency of infections as an outcome measure. This study describes the changes in QOL measured in our cohort of reporting adults after tonsillectomy for chronic or recurrent tonsillitis. This study provides prospective evidence of the effectiveness of tonsillectomy on adult QOL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume138
Issue number1 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

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Tonsillitis
Tonsillectomy
Quality of Life
Adenoids
Palatine Tonsil
Health Surveys
Health Status
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Feeding Behavior
Deglutition
Infection
Health Care Costs
Observational Studies
Respiration
Prospective Studies

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Witsell, D. L., Orvidas, L. J., Stewart, M. G., Hannley, M. T., Weaver, E. M., Yueh, B., ... Goldstein, N. A. (2008). Quality of life after tonsillectomy in adults with recurrent or chronic tonsillitis. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 138(1 SUPPL.). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.otohns.2007.08.015

Quality of life after tonsillectomy in adults with recurrent or chronic tonsillitis. / Witsell, David L.; Orvidas, Laura J.; Stewart, Michael G.; Hannley, Maureen T.; Weaver, Edward M.; Yueh, Bevan; Smith, Timothy; Goldstein, Nira A.

In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 138, No. 1 SUPPL., 01.2008.

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Witsell, DL, Orvidas, LJ, Stewart, MG, Hannley, MT, Weaver, EM, Yueh, B, Smith, T & Goldstein, NA 2008, 'Quality of life after tonsillectomy in adults with recurrent or chronic tonsillitis', Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 138, no. 1 SUPPL.. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.otohns.2007.08.015
Witsell, David L. ; Orvidas, Laura J. ; Stewart, Michael G. ; Hannley, Maureen T. ; Weaver, Edward M. ; Yueh, Bevan ; Smith, Timothy ; Goldstein, Nira A. / Quality of life after tonsillectomy in adults with recurrent or chronic tonsillitis. In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2008 ; Vol. 138, No. 1 SUPPL.
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