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J Laryngol Otol. 1983 Sep; 97(9): 845-9.

Complications of the 'treatment' of tonsillar infection by traditional healers in Nigeria.

Olu Ibekwe A.

Traditional healers in Nigeria attempt to treat tonsillar infections either by performing uvulectomy with a sickle knife or by digital rupture of the tonsil. These procedures result in various complications, including haemorrhage, septicaemia, cellulitis of the neck, peritonsillar and parapharyngeal abscess, upper airway obstruction, and pharyngo-laryngocele with pneumothorax. These complications are illustrated with case reports. The danger of encouraging traditional healers to practise unsupervised and unscientific medicine is stressed.


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