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Tonsillectomy in Recurrent Tonsillitis

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified December 2006 by Oulu University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: August 29, 2005
Last Update Posted: December 29, 2006
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Information provided by:
Oulu University Hospital
The purpose of this study is to determine whether tonsillectomy is effective in preventing further streptococcal pharyngitis episodes in patients with recurrent tonsillitis.

Condition Intervention
Tonsillitis Procedure: (adeno)tonsillectomy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Tonsillectomy on Preventing Recurrent Streptococcal Throat Infections: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Oulu University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • microbiologically confirmed streptococcal pharyngitis episodes

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • side effects
  • symptoms
  • quality of life issues

Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: October 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2005
Detailed Description:

Tonsillectomy is widely used worldwide in recurrent streptococcal tonsillitis, but its effect remains unknown.

In this randomized controlled trial, the effect of tonsillectomy (compared to watchful waiting) in preventing further culture proven symptomatic streptococcal pharyngitis episodes is studied. In addition, symptoms after the operation, side effects, and life quality issues are recorded.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least 3 tonsillitis episodes during the preceding year (at least one verified by culture or antigen testing)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Other serious illness
  • Long term antibiotic treatment for other disease
  • Documented immunologic disorder
  • Pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00136877

Oulu University Hospital
Oulu, Finland, FIN-90029
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oulu University Hospital
Study Director: Olli-Pekka Alho, MD Dept of Otolaryngology, University of Oulu, Finland
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00136877     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Diary nro 135/2001
First Submitted: August 26, 2005
First Posted: August 29, 2005
Last Update Posted: December 29, 2006
Last Verified: December 2006

Keywords provided by Oulu University Hospital:
recurrent tonsillitis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pharyngeal Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases