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Taste disorders after tonsillectomy: A long-term follow-up

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  • Clemens Heiser MD,

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    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , University Hospital Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
    2. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany
    • Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Technical University Munich, Ismaninger Str. 22, 81675 Munich, Germany
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  • Basile N. Landis MD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • Roland Giger MD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , Regional Hospital of Sion, Sion, Switzerland
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  • Helene Cao Van MD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • Nils Guinand MD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • Karl Hörmann MD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , University Hospital Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
    2. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany
    3. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
    4. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , Regional Hospital of Sion, Sion, Switzerland
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  • Boris A. Stuck MD

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , University Hospital Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
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  • The authors have no other funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Abstract

In a former study, taste disturbances after tonsillectomy seemed to be more frequent than expected. Eight percent of patients reported subjective taste disorders 6 months after tonsillectomy. Fifteen patients from the initial trial, who reported taste disorders after tonsillectomy, were contacted again for this long-term follow-up. A telephone interview using the same questionnaire addressing the current self-estimate of taste function was performed. At 32 ± 10 months following surgery, two (0.9%) patients still reported suffering from taste disturbance. This long-term follow-up study shows that dysgeusia following tonsillectomy occurs in approximately 1% of patients. These data should be considered when patients are informed about complications after tonsillectomy.

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