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Safety of day-care tonsil surgery in children

Easy access to telephone contact with hospital staff following discharge is very important when performing day-care tonsil surgery in children.
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This retrospective study evaluates safety of elective tonsillectomy, adenotonsillectomy or tonsillotomy performed as day-care surgery in a cohort of 414 chilldren aged 2-15 years. The focus was on post-operative complications, defined as hemorrhage or unplanned contacts or revisits to the hospital. Bleeding occurred in 22 patients (6%) of whom 86% were older than 4 years of age, but readmissions due to pain or to complaints related to pain medication were most common in children below the age of 4 years. The authors conclude that easy access to telephone contact with hospital staff following discharge is very important when performing day-care tonsil surgery in children.

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Evaluation of day-care tonsil surgery in young children
Andrea M. Bruaset, Michael Dahlstrøm, Sören Möller & Anette Drøhse Kjeldsen

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