Journal article

Postoperative bleeding after diathermy and dissection tonsillectomy

S O'Leary, J Vorrath

LARYNGOSCOPE | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To analyze the incidence and pattern of bleeding after tonsillectomy performed by either cold dissection or diathermy. DESIGN: A prospective, nonrandomized cohort study of postoperative hemorrhage after tonsillectomy. METHODS: Monthly reporting of the number of tonsillectomies and postoperative bleeds from otolaryngologists working in rural areas of Victoria, Australia over a 2.5 year period. Criteria for bleeding were either 1) repeat anesthesia and surgery because of hemorrhage (including return to theater from the recovery room), or 2) readmission to hospital because of bleeding, or 3) blood transfusion to replace blood loss. Main outcome measures were the incidence, volume, an..

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