Original Article

The Role of Tonsil Concretions in the Nonspesific Throat Complaints

  • Ceren Günel
  • M. Gökhan Erpek

Received Date: 20.04.2011 Accepted Date: 25.10.2011 Meandros Med Dent J 2012;13(1):9-11

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study is to remind that the hidden tonsil concretions are also considered in the differansial diagnosis of patients who have nonspesific throat complaints though no significant pathology is found in a routine otorhinolaryngologic examination.

MATERIALS and METHODS:

Fifty one patients who presented to the otorhinolaryngology outpatient clinic with one or more complaints such as bad breath odour, irritable cough, dysphagia and unilateral sore throat, otalgia, sensation of sting in the throat but no significant pathology have been found in oropharynx examination were enrolled in this study. Tonsil concretions could be seemed when the anterior tonsillar plica was lateralized. The presenting complaints of patients and side of the removed concretions were noted.

RESULTS:

The most frequently detected complaints were sensation of sting in the throat (60.8%) and sore throat (45.1%). Tonsil stones more commonly were determined in female than male and the right side location (43.1%). All of the patient's complaints improved after treatment.

CONCLUSION:

The hidden tonsil concretions should be considered in the differansial diagnosis of patients who have nonspesific throat complaints.

Keywords: Tonsil stones, tonsil concretions, sore throat, sting in throat