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January 1976

Bleeding Following Tonsillectomy: A Study of Electrocoagulation and Ligation Techniques

Author Affiliations

From the Ear, Nose, and Throat Service, Hospital General de la Caja de Seguro Social, Panamá, RP.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(1):9-10. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780060055004

• The efficiency of electrocoagulation (spot or zonal) and ligation for the control of bleeding was compared in 376 patients with tonsillectomy. Electrocoagulation and ligation were used in the same number of patients (188) in each group. A notable reduction in operative time (40%) was seen in cases in which spot or zonal electrocoagulation was employed. More morbidity was found in cases treated with zonal electrocoagulation. Both techniques were concluded to be equally effective in the control of bleeding following tonsillectomy.

(Arch Otolaryngol 102:9-10, 1976)

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