Objective: To determine whether a relationship exists between perioperative fluid balance and time to drain removal.
Design: Retrospective review.
Setting: Tertiary care center.
Patients: The medical records of all patients who underwent unilateral neck dissection over a 3-year period were reviewed. Exclusion criteria were simultaneous resection of the primary tumor, postoperative hematoma and seroma, chylous fistula, or an incomplete medical record of drain output. A total of 33 patients were included in the study.
Hsu JM. P059 Drain Removal After Neck Dissection Varies With Perioperative Fluid Balance. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;132(8):877. doi:10.1001/archotol.132.8.877-a