Lingual tonsil hypertrophy causing severe dysphagia: Treatment with plasma-mediated radiofrequency-based ablation (Coblation)

Sarah E. Mowry, Marvin Ament, Nina L. Shapiro

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Abstract

Lingual tonsil hypertrophy is an uncommon cause of upper aerodigestive tract pathology. We present the case of a 17-year-old boy who developed severe dysphagia and subsequent weight loss as a result of lingual tonsil hypertrophy. He was successfully treated with plasma-mediated radiofrequency-based ablation (Coblation). In the past, traditional surgical procedures for lingual tonsil hypertrophy were difficult to perform and recovery was difficult, but the introduction of Coblation has made lingual tonsillectomy much easier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-136
Number of pages3
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Volume89
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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