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Microdebrider intracapsular tonsillotomy versus conventional extracapsular tonsillectomy




The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficiency of microdebrider intracapsular tonsillotomy compared with conventional extracapsular tonsillectomy.

Patients and methods

The study included 40 patients assigned to undergo tonsillectomy. Patients were divided randomly into two equal groups: group A included 20 patients who underwent microdebrider intracapsular tonsillotomy and group B included 20 patients who underwent conventional extracapsular tonsillectomy. Items of comparison between the two groups included time of operation, estimated blood loss, postoperative pain, rate of postoperative hemorrhage, tonsillar fossa healing, swallowing, and complications rate.


Regarding intraoperative blood loss, the conventional group had significantly lower blood loss (P < 0.05). The microdebrider group showed significantly less pain and better swallowing function (P < 0.05) than the conventional group. There were no significant differences in operative time or wound healing. No postoperative complications such as recurrence or hemorrhage were detected in either group.


Microdebrider intracapsular tonsillotomy is an effective method to remove tonsillar tissue. There was significantly less pain and better swallowing function compared with the conventional extracapsular tonsillectomy group.


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Gabr, S.I., Harhash, K.A., El Fouly, M.S. et al. Microdebrider intracapsular tonsillotomy versus conventional extracapsular tonsillectomy. Egypt J Otolaryngol 30, 220–224 (2014).

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