Day-case tonsillectomy: a review of the literature

J Laryngol Otol. 1993 Aug;107(8):703-5. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100124181.


Adenotonsillectomies are performed increasingly as day cases in North America and Canada. This paper analyses reports where such tonsillectomies were performed. It is possible to successfully select a group with lower risk of complications. Haemorrhage occurs either early in the post-operative period or later than 24 hours after operation. With good organization tonsillectomies can be safely performed as day cases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenoidectomy / adverse effects
  • Adolescent
  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures / adverse effects*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Day Care, Medical
  • Humans
  • Oral Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Postoperative Period
  • Tonsillectomy / adverse effects*