A review of the literature shows that comparatively little has been written by American authors advocating complete removal of the tonsil for peritonsillar abscess. Many laryngologists in foreign countries carry out this procedure as a routine, and in general they agree that such a procedure is rational and is not attended by the complications and dangers that American physicians have been taught accompany it.
Tato said that tonsillectomy in the acute stage of peritonsillar abscess is a procedure free from dangers which have been attributed to it on the basis of dogmatic prejudice.
Link reported a series of about 280 cases, with a percentage of complications no greater than that for tonsillectomy under any other conditions.
Peritonsillar abscess is a condition with which every laryngologist has to deal, and results obtained by the ordinary method of treatment are often disappointing, to say the least. The patients suffer a great deal
MERICA FW. TONSILLECTOMY AS A CURE FOR PERITONSILLAR ABSCESS: WITH CASE REPORTS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;25(5):520–524. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650010592002
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