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ISRN Otolaryngology
Volume 2012, Article ID 713901, 3 pages
Research Article

Endoscope-Assisted Tonsillotomy (Partial Intracapsular Tonsillectomy): How We Do It

Otolaryngology Department, Our Lady’s Children Hospital Crumlin, Dublin 12, Ireland

Received 30 January 2012; Accepted 4 March 2012

Academic Editors: C. Y. Chien and T. M. Davidson

Copyright © 2012 Vincent Uzomefuna and Fergal Glynn. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To describe our technique of performing tonsillotomy that increases visibility by providing a better view of the tonsils and related structures through the use of a 30-degree scope. Method. Patients had tonsillotomy with microdebrider with the aid of a 30-degree endoscope for both visualization and on-screen projection and magnification. Result. The endoscope-assisted technique provides a more detailed exposure of pharyngeal structures and their relationships with the tonsils. It is easier to clearly visualize the upper and lower poles. The magnification with the endoscope makes it easier to appreciate anatomic details and identify/deal selectively with minute bleeding points. Conclusion. The use of 30-degree endoscope in tonsillotomy provides better visualization of the upper and lower tonsil poles and may make the procedure easier for the surgeon and safer for the patient.