Palatine Tonsilloliths Detectable on Digital Panoramic Radiographs

Georges Aoun, Ibrahim Nasseh, Hicham A Diab, Riad Bacho

Overview

Tonsilloliths are calcified masses that develop within the thickness of the tonsils and other parapharyngeal soft tissues. They occur as a result of dystrophic calcifications due to chronic inflammation of the tonsils, mainly the palatine ones.

Summary

Panoramic radiographs may have a beneficial role in detecting palatine tonsilloliths sometimes connected to unpleasant symptoms such as non-specific chronic halitosis.

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Prof. Georges Aoun, BDS, MScD, Doctorate
Prof. Georges Aoun, BDS, MScD, Doctorate
Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University
Professor
Oral Pathology, Removable Prosthodontics, Head and Neck anatomy
Beirut, Beirut | Lebanon
This article has an important message to spread.Prof. Georges Aoun, BDS, MScD, Doctorate

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10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2418
https://doi.org/10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2418
https://www.thejcdp.com/doi/pdf/10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2418
https://www.thejcdp.com/doi/pdf/10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2418

Palatine Tonsilloliths: A Retrospective Study on 500 Digital Panoramic Radiographs.

Authors:
Prof. Georges Aoun, BDS, MScD, Doctorate
Prof. Georges Aoun, BDS, MScD, Doctorate
Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University
Professor
Oral Pathology, Removable Prosthodontics, Head and Neck anatomy
Beirut, Beirut | Lebanon

J Contemp Dent Pract 2018 Oct 1;19(10):1284-1287. Epub 2018 Oct 1.

Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon.

Aim: This study aimed to investigate palatine tonsilloliths in the Lebanese population via digital panoramic radiographs.

Materials And Methods: Digital panoramic radiographs of a sample of 500 Lebanese adult patients (281 females and 219 males) with an average age of 47.9 years were included in this study and assessed for tonsilloliths. The IBM® SPSS® (IBM, Armonk, NY, USA) version 20.0 for Windows was used to carry out statistical analysis of the data collected.

Results: Tonsilloliths were found in 7.2% of cases (36 out of 500; belonging to 18 females and 18 males). Among these, 13 cases were on the right side, 12 on the left side and 11 were bilateral. Affected patients' age ranged from 24 to 84 years (mean of 61 years). There was no statically significant relation between tonsilloliths presence and gender, while a low positive correlation was observed between tonsilloliths and age (r = 0.193).

Conclusion: Palatine tonsilloliths may be discovered fortuitously on panoramic radiographs utilized regularly in dental offices; their incidence increases with age.

Clinical Significance: Panoramic radiographs may have a beneficial role in detecting palatine tonsilloliths sometimes connected to unpleasant symptoms such as non-specific chronic halitosis.

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October 2018
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