Detection of human papilloma virus in the tonsils of children undergoing tonsillectomy

Detection of human papilloma virus in the tonsils of children undergoing tonsillectomy

Author Ribeiro, Kátia Moreira Xavier Google Scholar
Alvez, Janaína Maria Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Pignatari, Shirley Shizue Nagata Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Weckx, Luc Louis Maurice Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Human papilloma virus (HPV) is related to respiratory mucosal diseases, such as recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, as well as to upper-respiratory-tract malignancies. There are few reports concerning the prevalence of HPV in the upper respiratory tract of non-affected individuals. We examined the prevalence of HPV in the tonsils of children of the general population scheduled for tonsillectomy. Samples were taken from the tonsils of 100 children undergoing tonsillectomy and were then tested for HPV with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique, utilizing the generic primers MY09 and MY 11. The study excluded children known to have HPV and HIV-related diseases. Parents and legal guardians completed a standardized socio-demographic questionnaire. The questionnaire revealed that 84% of the mothers had at least one risk factor for genital HPV. None of the tonsil samples were positive for HPV. Apparently HPV does not commonly colonize the tonsils of children undergoing routine tonsillectomy.
Keywords HPV
tonsils
children
Language English
Date 2006-06-01
Published in Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases. Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, v. 10, n. 3, p. 165-168, 2006.
ISSN 1413-8670 (Sherpa/Romeo)
Publisher Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases
Extent 165-168
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-86702006000300002
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
SciELO ID S1413-86702006000300002 (statistics in SciELO)
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/3115

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