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Abstract: A prospective study of the length of stay of 150 children following tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy.


Drake-Lee A, Stokes M.


Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust, Ladywood, UK.


Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 1998 Dec;23(6):491-5.


This is a prospective study of the length of stay in 150 children who underwent adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy and adenotonsillectomy with and without grommets. Seventeen children were unsuitable for same-day discharge because of coexisting medical conditions and 39 because of social factors, which meant that 94 children were potentially suitable for same-day discharge. All patients received a standardized surgical and anaesthetic technique. Twenty-eight of the 94 children were kept in for postoperative complications thus 66 (70%) were treated as day cases. Haemorrhage occurred in one (1%); nausea and vomiting prevented discharge of 11 cases; and a further seven were kept overnight since the children were reluctant to eat and drink. Pain control was a problem with nine children (two had nausea and vomiting as well). Two patients had other complications. These results are compared to those found in the literature. Children who have adenoidectomy without tonsillectomy are more suitable for day surgery (P < 0.001). Because of the high risk of minor complications, the authors recommend that children who have tonsillectomy as part of the procedure should be treated from inpatient beds even when discharged on the same day.


ENT Surgery Paediatric Tonsillectomy