Issue N# 2 - 2011
HEAD AND NECK
Peritonsillar abscess: Is there any evidence of lateralized distribution? An analysis of 294 patients
Authors : Reiss M, Reiss G. (Radebeul, Dresden)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2011;132,2:109-110.
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Objective: Generally, peritonsillar abscess (PTA) occurs only on one side. Diseases of paired organs show a distinct asymmetry of occurrence: for instance gynaecomastia, varicocele, trigeminal neuralgia, carcinoma of the breast and carcinoma of the ethmoid sinus. Therefore, the goal of the present study was to investigate a possible dominance of one side in PTA. Material and method: Lateralization of a PTA was studied in 294 patients treated at Radebeul Hospital between January 2004 and December 2009. Result: We found only a slight predominance of the left side in male as well as female patients. Conclusion: The cause of the slight asymmetry is unclear. It is also possible that the non significant dominance is coincidental.
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