Postoperative bleeding in tonsillectomy patients

Wasyl Szeremeta, Norman J. Novelly, Michael Benninger

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Abstract

A three-year retrospective study was performed on 494 patients to compare the effects of two techniques of tonsillectomy, with respect to rates of postoperative bleeding. One surgeon performed primarily mechanical dissections, while the other primarily performed electrocautery dissections. Intraoperative blood loss was assessed and correlated to the age and gender of the patient and to the size of the tonsil. Postoperative bleeding was seen in 2.8% of patients who underwent electrocautery tonsillectomy and in 7.6% of patients who underwent mechanical tonsillectomies. Patients undergoing electrocautery dissection lost an average of 37 ml of blood intraoperatively, whereas those undergoing mechanical dissection lost 105 ml. Mechanical tonsillectomies exhibited higher intraoperative blood loss than electrocautery tonsillectomies. A higher rate of postoperative bleeding was seen in mechanical tonsillectomies, but this difference was lost when peritonsillar abscesses were removed from the study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-376
Number of pages4
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Volume75
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Tonsillectomy
Electrocoagulation
Hemorrhage
Dissection
Peritonsillar Abscess
Palatine Tonsil
Retrospective Studies

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  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Szeremeta, W., Novelly, N. J., & Benninger, M. (1996). Postoperative bleeding in tonsillectomy patients. Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, 75(6), 373-376.

Postoperative bleeding in tonsillectomy patients. / Szeremeta, Wasyl; Novelly, Norman J.; Benninger, Michael.

In: Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, Vol. 75, No. 6, 06.1996, p. 373-376.

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Szeremeta, W, Novelly, NJ & Benninger, M 1996, 'Postoperative bleeding in tonsillectomy patients', Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, vol. 75, no. 6, pp. 373-376.
Szeremeta, Wasyl ; Novelly, Norman J. ; Benninger, Michael. / Postoperative bleeding in tonsillectomy patients. In: Ear, Nose and Throat Journal. 1996 ; Vol. 75, No. 6. pp. 373-376.
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