Turkish Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
Original Article

Comparison of Routine Histopathological Examination Results in Children and Adults After Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Tokat State Hospital, Tokat, Turkey

Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2018; 56: 170-173
DOI: 10.5152/tao.2018.3391
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Objective: Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy is one of the most common otolaryngologic surgical procedures. There is still an ongoing debate as to whether or not histopathological examination should be performed in which cases after these surgeries. The aim of this study is to compare the histopathologic examination results of routine tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy surgical specimens of children and adults.


Methods: The routine histopathological examination results of patients who had adenoidectomy and/or tonsillectomy between April 2010 and April 2017 in Tokat State Hospital were evaluated from medical records retrospectively. The results were compared in terms of malignancy between children and adult patients.


Results: A total of 1849 histopathological examination results were included in the present study. Of the patients, 1574 were children, and 275 were adults. All of the patients who underwent adenoidectomy were diagnosed with reactive lymphoid hyperplasia. Of the 1356 patients who underwent tonsillectomy, only two were detected with malignancies. These two patients were adults.


Conclusion: While routine histopathologic examination is necessary for every case in adult population, risk factors should be considered in pediatric patients after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy.


Cite this article as: Aksakal C, Müslehiddinoğlu A. Comparison of Routine Histopathological Results in Children and Adults After Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy. Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2018; 56(3): 170-3.

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