Adenotonsillectomy and its Effect on the Quality of Life in Adult Patients

Samad EJ Ghiyasi, Masoud Naderpour, Farnaz Raouf, Babak Sabermarouf


Introduction: One of the most common treatments for chronic and recurrent tonsillitis is a tonsillectomy. It must considered patient satisfaction and quality of life before and after tonsillectomy are two key factors in evaluation of successful surgery. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of adenotonsillectomy on quality of life for adultsover 14 years.

Materials and methods: 40 adults with more than 14 years old were studied with chronic or recurrent tonsillitis in a cross-sectional study. The standardized questionnaire was used to assess the quality of life before and after surgery (GBI andGHSI). Questionnaires were completed before surgery and during the postoperative follow-up for each patient.

Results: Total score of quality assessment questionnaire, public health subscale and social health subscale weresignificantly different before and after surgery. Quality of life after surgery has increased considerably. There was no significant difference in physical activity before and after surgery.

Conclusions: Tonsillectomy in adults with recurrent and chronic tonsillitis can effectively improve the quality of life ofpatients.


Keywords: chronic tonsillitis, tonsillectomy, quality of life

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