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

Clemens Heiser*, Basile N. Landis, Roland Giger, Helene Cao Van, Nils Guinand, Karl Hoermann, Boris A. Stuck

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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. The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1265-1266
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Taste
  • tonsillectomy
  • dysgeusia
  • gustation

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