Hemorrhage following tonsillectomy is rare but a potentially life-threatening complication.
Risk factors for hemorrhage following tonsillectomy:
(1) adult, especially adult males (with some using > 15 years of age as an adult)
(2) bleeding disorder or anticoagulation therapy
(3) tonsillar infection
(4) vascular malformation in the region of the tonsils
(5) difficult or traumatic procedure
Children < 8 years of age are at greater risk for serious hemorrhage.
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Specialty: Otolaryngology, Infectious Diseases, Surgery, general, Pedatrics