Comparing postoperative quality of life in children after microdebrider intracapsular tonsillotomy and tonsillectomy

Giovanna Cantarella, Silvia Viglione, Stella Forti, Andrea Minetti, Lorenzo Pignataro

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate postoperative quality of life in patients undergoing microdebrider intracapsular tonsillotomy and adenoidectomy (PITA) in comparison with traditional adenotonsillectomy (AT) and to assess PITA's efficacy in solving upper-airway obstructive symptoms. Methods: 29 children with adenotonsillar hyperplasia referred for AT were included. Patients were divided into two groups: Group 1 (underwent PITA) included 14 children (age 5.1. ±. 1.8 years) affected by night-time airway obstruction without a relevant history of recurrent tonsillitis; Group 2 (underwent AT) included 15 children (age 5.2. ±. 1.7 years) with a history of upper-airway obstruction during sleep and recurrent acute tonsillitis. Outcomes measures included the number of administered pain medications, time before returning to a full diet, Obstructive Sleep Apnea survey (OSA-18), parent's postoperative pain measure questionnaire (PPPM) and Wong-Baker Faces Pain Rating Scale (WBFPRS). Results: Postoperative pain was significantly lower in the PITA group, as demonstrated by PPPM and WBFPRS scores and by a lower number of pain medications used. PITA group also resumed a regular diet earlier (. P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-410
Number of pages4
JournalAuris Nasus Larynx
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Microdebrider
  • Postoperative quality of life
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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