Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2011 Apr;54(4):297-299. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2011.54.4.297.

A Case of Upper Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage Misdiagnosed as Post-Tonsillectomy Hemorrhage

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University, Seongnam, Korea. shim6103@cha.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University, Seongnam, Korea.

Abstract

Tonsillectomy, with or without adenoidectomy, remains the most frequently performed surgical procedure by otolaryngologists. Postoperative hemorrhage, which is classified as primary (<24 h) or secondary (>24 h) hemorrhage, is recognized as a rare but potentially life-threatening complication. Although most oral bleedings occuring after tonsillectomy are considered as post-tonsillectomy hemorrhages, there could also be other origins such as gastrointestinal hemorrhage. We recently experienced a case of gastrointestinal hemorrhage that was misdiagnosed as secondary post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage. We report this case with a review of the literature.

Keyword

Post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage; Gastrointestinal hemorrhage; Gastric ulcer
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