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Clinical Challenges
August 2001

Tonsillectomy and Postoperative Vomiting: Do Steroids Really Work?

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(8):1009-1010. doi:10.1001/archotol.127.8.1009

Tonsillectomy is one of the most common otolaryngologic procedures performed. Unfortunately, it can be associated with a prolonged and difficult postoperative recovery; postoperative vomiting has been reported in up to 75% of patients. Return to normal activities and oral intake can take up to 2 weeks. Therefore, attempts have been made to both minimize anesthetic adverse effects and improve the postoperative course. For example, Telian et al1 reported a decrease in posttonsillectomy symptoms with the use of intraoperative ampicillin and postoperative amoxicillin.

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