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December 1926

PROGRESS IN OTOLARYNGOLOGYSummaries of the Bibliographic Material Available in the Field of OtolaryngologyTUBERCULOSIS OF THE THROAT

Arch Otolaryngol. 1926;4(6):527-535. doi:10.1001/archotol.1926.00590010557011


Primary tuberculosis of the tonsil is not an uncommon condition, but it is seldom recognized clinically. Several years ago, I compiled a large number of cases reported by thirteen or more authors; I found that about 4.5 per cent of all tonsils and adenoids removed at operation showed positive tuberculous lesions. In these cases there was no reference to the presence of cervical adenitis, pulmonary involvement or other associated tuberculous lesions; these were merely the routine tonsil and adenoid cases.

In relation to these observations it is interesting to note that Korns 1 found one case of tuberculosis of the adenoids and one of the tonsils in seventy-four tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies performed on patients at the Peking Union Medical College. Among forty-six Chinese he found one case of tuberculosis of the adenoid which was associated with tuberculosis of the lymph nodes. Korns felt that

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