To the Editor: We both are ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists at a tertiary university hospital and cover 1–2 nights of emergency calls each month. Over 8 months in 2008, we witnessed four emergency patients (aged 25–39 years; three men, one woman) who had sore throat, mild fever and pain on swallowing, without any respiratory distress symptoms. One patient presented with “hot potato voice”. All had had a palatine tonsillectomy in childhood.
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