What is the natural history of patients waiting for tonsillectomy during a global pandemic? A questionnaire study

Rhona Helen Hurley, Fiona Sim, David Young, Catriona M. Douglas

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There appears to be reduced symptom burden in those waiting for tonsillectomy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the reduced symptom burden, most patients wished to go ahead with elective tonsillectomy. COVID-19 infection does not appear to be a factor in those patients no longer wishing to have a tonsillectomy. Patients should be reassessed during long waiting times to see if symptom burden has improved and if tonsillectomy is still required. Due to long waiting times, it is important to ensure information given can be repeated to allow adequate informed consent given the morbidity of tonsillectomy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-368
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Otolaryngology
Issue number2
Early online date13 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2022


  • audit
  • general ENT
  • pandemic
  • quality improvement
  • tonsilitis
  • tonsils

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