The rate of complications in the transfusion group, 18 of 352 (5.1%), was not significantly different from the group without transfusion, 40 of 626 (6.4%).
The investigators concluded that there was a significant increase in the proportion of patients with SCD receiving perioperative blood transfusions for tonsillectomy. While the frequency of transfusion rose, those who received a transfusion had similar complication rates with increased charges and length of hospital stays compared with those who did not receive a transfusion.
Management Trends for Lymphatic Malformations in the U.S. (1997–2012)
In a review of the Kids’ Inpatients Database (KID) from 1997 through 2012, investigators found that the most commonly performed procedures for the treatment of lymphatic malformations (LMs) in pediatric patients were surgical excision, airway endoscopy, tongue procedures, salivary gland procedures, and sclerotherapy. The researchers tracked the frequency of each procedure group across each edition of the KID and compared complication rates between groups.