Outcome measures were secondary hemorrhages and the need for the patient to be seen in the emergency department or re-admitted for pain, or dehydration attributed to pain, and the need for additional surgery related to adenotonsillar disease.
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The study group included 1,731 patients in the IT group and 1,213 in the TT group.
“In general, it was the bleeds that required return visits to the OR that were most concerning,” he said. “One concern about partial tonsillectomy is the potential need for additional surgery or revision surgery. Fortunately, this was not common in our patients; out of 1,731, only 11 required revision tonsillectomy. Overall, we found that IT seems to have a lower risk of secondary hemorrhage and less pain requiring hospital-based management. These findings seem to be consistent with the changing trends for [tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy] surgery.”
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