Title:
Outpatient cold knife tonsillectomy in toddlers with sleep disordered breathing
Authors:
I. M. Vlastos, I. Athanasopoulos, J. Economides, K. Parpounas and M. Houlakis
Institutions:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Aghia Sophia Children Hospital of Athens
Keywords:
Outpatient tonsillectomy; small children
Pages:
245 - 250
Abstract:
Outpatient cold knife tonsillectomy in toddlers with sleep disordered breathing. Problem: Tonsillectomy performed as day surgery has become popular over the last fifteen years. However, there are conflicting opinions regarding the safety of this practice, especially in children of very young age. We sought to determine the safety of out- patient tonsillectomy in children aged three years old and younger. Methodology: A retrospective study of all tonsillectomies performed in a major pediatric hospital during a two-year period was conducted. Age, gender, indication for tonsillectomy, other procedures performed simultaneously, seniority of operating surgeon, and reasons for hospital admissions during the first post-operative week were recorded. Patients with inappropriate records for the analysis were excluded. A total of 1058 patients were studied. Tonsillectomized children were divided into two age groups: greater than 3 years old (n = 951) and 3 years old or younger (n = 107). Results: Male gender, obstructed sleep disordered breathing as indication for surgery, seniority of the operating surgeon, and age of 3 years old or younger were not associated with post-operative complications. Conclusions: Outpatient tonsillectomy can be managed safely regardless of age, as long as specific factors, such as good recovery room supervision, exist.
Issue:
Vol. 6, 2010, 4th trimester


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