Topic: Risk Factors Associated with Post Tonsillectomy Hemorrhage
Principal Investigator: Dr. Eelam Adil
Summary: Tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in children with obstructive sleep disordered breathing and/or recurrent tonsillitis. One potential complication of this procedure is post tonsillectomy hemorrhage. Post-operative hemorrhage can result in hospital readmission and operating room returns. Prior studies have identified clinical risk factors associated with increased bleeding risk, including demographic variables (male versus female), age of patient, medical history, surgical technique, indication of surgery, details of surgery, and pre- and post-operative medications. However, many of these studies are limited by their sample size and varying parameters of post tonsillectomy hemorrhage. Based on risk factors identified in the literature, we are querying the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) to analyze post-operative tonsil hemorrhage in a pediatric population.