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Scott Med J. 2014 Feb;59(1):5-8. doi: 10.1177/0036933013518140. Epub 2014 Jan 13.

Paediatric day case tonsillectomy: a safe, feasible and an economical way to treat patients--Yorkhill experience.

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  • 1Research Associate & Junior Doctor, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, UK; College of Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK.



Day case surgery is widely encouraged as it has many benefits. In this study, we evaluate the feasibility of paediatric tonsillectomies as day case surgery procedures in a tertiary paediatric centre.


The outcome of paediatric tonsillectomy performed as day case procedures was studied for four months. We recorded complication rates in comparison to the standard in-patient practice.


23 paediatric patients were included in this study. The age of the patients ranged from four to 11 years, with mean age of 6.5. No patients suffered post-operative complications within the first 24 h. Two patients were re-admitted due to a post-operative complication (8.6%) and one patient for a non-operative cause (4.3%) beyond the initial 24 h.


Paediatric Day Case Paediatric Tonsillectomy is a safe, feasible and an economical way to manage patients. It should be practised as a day case where appropriate and when criteria are met.


Tonsillectomy; day case; paediatric

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