Author Affiliations: Departments of Dermatology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (Ms Jacobson and Dr Lee), and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (Dr Ladizinski).
Traditional uvulectomies are common therapeutic or ritualistic procedures that are performed in various countries throughout Africa and the Middle East.1 They have been traced back to Hippocrates (460-355), Galen (129-200), 11th century Spain, and 19th century England and France, where they were used to cure stuttering.2
Jacobson R, Ladizinski B, Lee KC. Uvulectomies and Associated Complications. JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(1):32. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.1128