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October 1973

Cardiac Failure With Tonsil and Adenoid Hypertrophy

Author Affiliations

Richmond, Va
From the departments of otolaryngology and pediatrics, Medical College of Virginia, Health Sciences Division, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;98(4):277-281. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780020287013

Since 1965, when cor pulmonale secondary to enlarged tonsils and adenoids was first recognized, 4 of 36 cases (12%) have died. Six additional cases treated successfully, first medically and then surgically, are reported, one in detail. The early recognition and treatment of progressive upper airway obstruction is curative.