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Clinical Challenges
August 2001

Perioperative Intravenous Steroid Treatment and Tonsillectomy

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(8):1007-1008. doi:10.1001/archotol.127.8.1007

Intravenous steroids provide significant benefit to patients undergoing tonsillectomy when administered in the perioperative period.

Tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy is the most frequent major surgical procedure performed in children in the United States,1 with significant potential for perioperative and postoperative morbidity. Patients may experience postoperative pain, vomiting, halitosis, trismus, weight loss, and/or bleeding during their postsurgical recovery.

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