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Throat-related quality of life in peritonsillar abscess sufferers: application of the adult tonsil outcome inventory

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 November 2013

J Powell*
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
E L Powell
Affiliation:
Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
K Conroy
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
C Hopkins
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Guy's Hospital, London, UK
J W Moor
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Sunderland Royal Hospital, UK
J A Wilson
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
*
Address for correspondence: Mr J Powell, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN, UK Fax: + 44 (0)191 223 1246 E-mail: jason.powell@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

Objective:

To investigate throat-related quality of life in peritonsillar abscess sufferers.

Method:

The adult tonsil outcome inventory questionnaire, which is a validated throat-related quality of life tool, was administered to individuals who had recently suffered a peritonsillar abscess and to control subjects.

Results:

The mean inventory score was significantly higher (reflecting poorer throat-related quality of life) in peritonsillar abscess sufferers (n = 55, mean score 25.8 out of 100) than in age- and gender-matched controls (n = 55, mean score 8.7) (p < 0.001). Neither gender nor interval between episode of peritonsillar abscess and inventory completion date were significantly correlated with the overall questionnaire scores. However, younger abscess sufferers reported greater symptom severity and throat-related quality of life impact than older abscess sufferers.

Conclusion:

Peritonsillar abscess had a significant impact on throat-related quality of life. In many, peritonsillar abscess represented an acute episode on a background of chronic throat problems. For optimal management, notably the place and timing of tonsillectomy, this impact should be taken into account. The adult tonsil outcome inventory is an ideal tool for use in clinical practice.

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Copyright © JLO (1984) Limited 2013 

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Footnotes

Presented orally at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 11 September 2012, Washington, DC, USA.

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