Ambulatory powered intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in children younger than 3 years

John P. Bent, Max M. April, Robert F. Ward, Alexander Sorin, Brian Reilly, Gregg Weiss

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Objectives: (1) To assess the safety and efficacy of outpatient intracapsular tonsillectomy, which has been recently described as a less invasive means of treating obstructive tonsillar hypertrophy, in children younger than 3 years; and (2) to challenge the standard dictum that children younger than 3 years should be admitted to the hospital after tonsil and adenoid surgery. Design: Retrospective cohort study via medical chart review and telephone interview. Settings: Pediatric otolaryngology group practice with academic affiliation. Patients: Children with symptomatic tonsillar and adenoid hypertrophy (n = 226) who underwent microdebrider-assisted intracapsular tonsillectomy between September 1, 2000, and October 1, 2002. Methods: Comparison of study group (children <3 years old, n = 38; mean age, 30.3 months; 20 boys and 18 girls) with control group (children ≥3 years, n = 188), measuring pain, oral intake, analgesic requirements, complications, need for readmission, and relief of symptoms. Results: There were no statistically significant differences in pain, oral intake, or analgesic requirements. All children, regardless of age, were discharged home within 4 hours of surgery. No child in either group required readmission, and there were no complications related to the time of discharge. Younger children experience equivalent symptomatic improvement. Conclusions: Children younger than 3 years may undergo intracapsular tonsillectomy as outpatients without sacrificing safety or efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1197-1200
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume130
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Adenoidectomy
Tonsillectomy
Adenoids
Hypertrophy
Analgesics
Outpatients
Safety
Pain
Group Practice
Palatine Tonsil
Otolaryngology
Cohort Studies
Retrospective Studies
Interviews
Pediatrics
Control Groups

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Ambulatory powered intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in children younger than 3 years. / Bent, John P.; April, Max M.; Ward, Robert F.; Sorin, Alexander; Reilly, Brian; Weiss, Gregg.

In: Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 130, No. 10, 10.2004, p. 1197-1200.

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Bent, John P. ; April, Max M. ; Ward, Robert F. ; Sorin, Alexander ; Reilly, Brian ; Weiss, Gregg. / Ambulatory powered intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in children younger than 3 years. In: Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2004 ; Vol. 130, No. 10. pp. 1197-1200.
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