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Predicting safe tonsillectomy for ambulatory surgery

Raja Lope Ahmad, Raja Ahmad Al'konee and Abdullah, Kahairi and Asha'ari, Zamzil Amin and Ab Rahman, Jamalludin (2010) Predicting safe tonsillectomy for ambulatory surgery. Auris Nasus Larynx, 37 (2). pp. 185-189. ISSN 0385-8146

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Objectives: To assess the safety of tonsillectomy procedure in local setting. Methods: Retrospective review of 267 tonsillectomy patients in Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital, Malaysia from January 2006 to December 2007. Results: Only 2.6% had trauma, 1.1% had difficult intubation, 0.7% had anaesthetic complication and none developed bleeding intraoperatively. Post-operatively, both primary and secondary haemorrhage showed prevalence of 1.9% each, 1.1% patients had infection and 0.4% patients had inability of extubation while another 1.9% had other complications. Duration of post-operative hospital stay was only slightly increased with occurrence of intra-operative complications but not with post-operative complications. Significant increase in risk was observed for both primary haemorrhage (OR: 1.05, 95% CI 1.01–1.09 min, P = 0.020) and respiratory complications (OR: 1.08, 95% CI 1.01– 1.16 min, P = 0.024) by 4.5% and 8.3%, respectively, with every 1-min increase in length of surgery. Conclusions: The observed low prevalence of complications corresponded with large number of studies denoting safety of tonsillectomy. This may well be increased by appropriately reducing the length of surgery. Although predictors for complications were unable to be determined, it is not advisable for ambulatory tonsillectomy to be performed on OSA patients considering the respiratory complications observed in our setting.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3641/1785
Uncontrolled Keywords: rajaahmad@iium.edu.my
Subjects: R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Community Health & Family Medicine
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Depositing User: Dr Raja Ahmad Al'Konee Raja Lope Ahmad
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2011 11:55
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 11:54
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/1785

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