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July 1973

Nasopharyngeal Stenosis Following Tonsillectomy and AdenoidectomyReport of Six Cases and Their Repair

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn
From the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;98(1):38-41. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780020042010

Nasopharyngeal stenosis, formerly a result of syphilis, is now more commonly seen as an unusual complication of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Six new cases are described in which the stenosis occurred after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (five cases) or after adenoidectomy alone (one case). The predominant complaint was nasal obstruction, and in all of the cases there was significant delay between diagnosis and definitive surgery. A unilateral palatal flap was used, and the results were good in all six cases.