A tonsillolith is a calcification that develops in or around the tonsil’s crypts. They are primarily calcium deposits, but they occasionally contain mixtures of other mineral salts. Both sexes and all age groups can develop them.
Mouth odour, feeling of a foreign body, recurrent sore throat, dysphagia, and occasionally ear ache are common symptoms. One such tonsillolith instance, involving a 64-year-old man who had been unwell for six years, was successfully treated in around three months with a single individualized homoeopathic remedy.
KEYWORDS: Tonsil stone, Homeopath y, Tonsillolith, Individualisation, Repertorisation, Calcification, Radiography
Clinically, tonsilloliths show up as a white or yellowish hard object inside the tonsillar crypt, but deep-located calculi can also manifest clinically as an enlarged tonsil or a firm mass that can be felt when touched. If left untreated, the condition can progress to abscess formation, ulceration, and pneumonia.
Tonsilloliths may show clinically as either symptomatic or asymptomatic, and they are frequently discovered by chance on a pantogram or a straightforward X-ray. It might be difficult to diagnose since hard and soft tissue features are frequently superimposed on such radiography pictures.
Homoeopathically, Tonsil stone can be classified as chronic miasmatic disease (sycotic) according to Hahnemannian classification. Hence the approach in such cases will be based on individualisation.
Following is a case of Tonsillolith in a 64 -year- old man treated successfully with homoeopathy. His informed consent was taken.
A 64-year-old man with halitosis and a sense of a foreign body presented to the clinic with these main concerns, which were later determined to be the symptoms of a tonsillolith or tonsil stone. Further investigation revealed that he also occasionally experienced tinnitus and had post-nasal discharge, particularly in the right side of his throat.
His dysphagia, which is worse after consuming dairy products, was another complaint. It was particularly bad on the right side with a feeling of “something being stuck.” He had previously seen an ENT doctor, who had recommended surgery.
Location: Mouth and Throat.
Sensation: stuck, pricking
Modalities : < swallowing especially right side, < dairy products.
Associated complaints: K/C/O of hypertension and on medication.
Past history: Recurrent URTI < change of weather
Small polyp in the urinary bladder at the age of 19yrs.
Typhoid at the age of 35years.
Family history: Father had myocardial infarction at the age of 56yrs and expired of dementia at the age of 76yrs.
H/o of hypertension – uncle and first cousins.
- Appetite : n
- Cravings: Tea+ Gathiya, Kathiayawadi (Gujarati food), cheese++,fish/chicken. Seasoned, medium spicy.
- Desires pomegranate.
- Aversions: nil
- Thirst – Less but just to moisten mouth
- Bowels : n
- Urine: n
- Perspiration: – + instantly < humid weather. On groins < sweat – uses nycil powder once applied quadriderm ointment last year.
- Thermals : both extremes +
- Sleep: disturbed – tosses about in sleep.
Mental history: The patient runs a plant with 500 workers and is a professional engineer. He is meticulous and demands order. He enjoys music and has been playing the guitar for many years. He experiences performance anxiety, a dread of small spaces, a fear of heights, and a fear of looking down.
He is unable to go scuba diving or into caves. He remarried after losing his first wife to breast cancer at a young age. He worries about the future of his son, a musician in his own right. He is also concerned about the future of his business and the succession plan. He is a gregarious individual who enjoys interacting with friends and family. He enjoys adventure and travels extensively by road.
Diagnosis: Tonsillolith/ Tonsil stone
Repertorisation : Rubric selection:
As per repertorisation and according to Jan Scholtens book on elements, Argentum Nitricum 200 one dose was prescribed on first consultation.
First Prescription: 5th March 2022: ARG-N 200 one dose + SL twice a day for 1month
1st Follow-up: Patient feels overall better.
Sensation of pricking in throat is also better
Tonsil stone – same
Prescription: SL twice a day – 1month
2nd Follow up: Pt continues to feel much better.
Pricking pain better and halitosis –nil
Tonsil stone – reduced in size by more than 70%.
While on homoeopathic treatment, patient continued to have dairy products, which was an aggravating factor earlier, but could now tolerate it better.
3rd Follow up : No new symptoms. Patient continues to be better.
CONCLUSION: Homoeopathy was successful in treating this chronic sycotic pathology using a single individualised constitutional medicine over a short span of time.
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