Table 2:

Adult patients with recurrent pharyngitis who had an episode of acute pharyngitis within 5 months of enrolment in the study, by treatment group

OutcomeTreatment group, no. (%)Difference, % (95% CI)
Control n = 40Tonsillectomy n = 46
Objective
Severe acute pharyngitis*1 (3)0 (0)3 (−2 to 7)
Any pharyngitis with medical consultation17 (43)2 (4)38 (22 to 55)
Subjective
Any pharyngitis32 (80)18 (39)41 (22 to 60)
  • Note: CI = confidence interval.

  • * Acute sore throat and signs suggesting the pharynx or tonsils as the origin of symptoms (edema, erythema, exudative tonsillitis, anterior cervical lymphadenitis), in addition to serum C-reactive protein level > 40 mg/L either at the appointment or 3 days later.

  • Acute sore throat and signs suggesting the pharynx or tonsils as the origin of symptoms (edema, erythema, exudative tonsillitis, anterior cervical lymphadenitis).

  • Two consecutive days of throat pain recorded in symptom diary.