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Peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is the most frequent complication of acute tonsillitis requiring surgical intervention. Debate continues concerning optimal therapy in terms of patient morbidity and cost-effectiveness. A retrospective study was performed on 45 tonsillectomies for PTA in military personnel from December 1986 through December 1988. Twenty-three(More)
While tonsillectomy is usually a safe operation, it is always accompanied by the risk of immediate postoperative bleeding. Despite continued efforts to eliminate this problem, it remains a persistent risk. In reviewing 775 consecutive cases of tonsillectomy, immediate postoperative bleeding occurred in 21 (2.7%). Diagnostic, demographic, hematologic,(More)
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are separate procedures that should be performed for distinct reasons. Studies now indicate that severe, recurrent pharyngitis responds well to tonsillectomy. According to separate recommendations from the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, patients are candidates for tonsillectomy if they(More)
Diseases of the thyroid are common in the developed and developing world. We retrospectively compared surgical pathologies, types of thyroidectomy, and postoperative complications between 2 case series, one from the Mercy Ships in West Africa with 87 patients, and the other from London in the United Kingdom with 120 patients. In both, the most common(More)
Carcinomas arising in burn scars are uncommon. Of the several hundred cases reported in the world's literature, 30% have been described in the head and neck region. Acute burn scar carcinoma, which occurs within one to two years of injury, is rare, while the chronic type, with an average latency of 35 years from injury to diagnosis, is much more common. Two(More)
INTRODUCTION Unprotected water exposure as a cause of otorrhea in patients with tympanostomy tubes remains controversial. Although most otolaryngologists continue to recommend either the avoidance of swimming or the use of water precautions during swimming, evidence indicates that the infection rate may not be affected by this practice. This study(More)
Neurilemmomas (schwannomas) are solitary neurogenic tumors that arise from cells of the neural sheath. They are slow growing and represent a proliferation of Schwann cells. Extracranial neurogenic tumors of the head and neck are uncommon, with benign tumors occurring with greater frequency than malignant tumors. These tumors often mimic primary or(More)