J Korean Assoc Maxillofac Plast Reconstr Surg.  2010 Sep;32(5):437-441.

Complications of Tonsillectomy

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  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Cheongju Hankook Hospital, Cheongju, Korea. sny1110@paran.com

Abstract

PURPOSE
The aim of this study is to evaluate the incidence and characteristics of tonsillectomy complications, especially about postoperative hemorrhage.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
This study was performed by reviewing the chart of patients who had been operated tonsillectomy in the Cheongju Hankook hospital from 1997 to 2006.
RESULTS
Postoperative hemorrhage was occurred to 13.66% of patients. 9.76% of patients had a mild hemorhage but, 3.9% of pateints had a severe hemorrhage which was controlled under general anesthesia.
CONCLUSION
Post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage can lead to expire of patient if uncontrolled. So, operator should have thorough knowlegde about anatomy of tonsil and, manage the complication.

Keyword

Tonsillectomy; Complication
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