PFAPA syndrome in children evaluated for tonsillectomy
- 1Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece
- 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital of Heraklion
- Correspondence to:
Dr E Galanakis, Department of Paediatrics, University of Crete, PO Box 1393, 715 00 Heraklion, Greece;
- Accepted 25 February 2002
Among 40 children undergoing tonsillectomy for recurrent pharyngitis, 15 (37.5%) had presented preoperatively with complaints compatible with PFAPA syndrome. All 15 had had periodic fever every three to four weeks and pharyngitis; 12 (80%) had cervical adenitis and five (33%) aphthous stomatitis. All children had been well between episodes and showed a dramatic postoperative improvement. PFAPA syndrome is not uncommon among children having tonsillectomy. Tonsillectomy is curative in most of these patients.