Am J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg | Volume 4, Issue 5 | Research Article | Open Access

History of Tonsillectomy is Associated with a Relatively Higher Risk of Symptomatic Disease in Patients with COVID-19

Semih and Ahmet Doblan

Department of ENT, Sanliurfa Mehmet Akif Inan Training and Research Hospital, Turkey

*Correspondance to: Semih and Ahmet Doblan 

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Objectives:Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) can present with a broad spectrum of symptomatology. However, the impact of surgical history on the course of this disease has not been  extensively  investigated.  This  study  aimed  to interrogate  the  effect  of  tonsillectomy  in  the symptomatology and other clinical parameters of the patients with COVID-19.

Methods: Data  of  the  patients  admitted  to  our  institution  between  May  and  July  2020  due  to COVID-19  were  reviewed. Patients  were  divided  into  two  groups  regarding  the  presence  of tonsillectomy in their surgical history. These groups were compared concerning demographic data, symptomatology, hospital stay duration, and referral to the intensive care unit.

Conclusion:The comparative analysis revealed that the risk of symptomatic disease was significantly higher in COVID-19 patients with tonsillectomy history. However, the history of tonsillectomy did not impact other parameters.



Tonsillectomy; COVID-19; Coronavirus; Symptom


Semih, Doblan A. History of Tonsillectomy is Associated with a Relatively Higher Risk of Symptomatic Disease in Patients with COVID-19. Am J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021; 4(5): 1138..

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