Pitfalls of operative management of secondary post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage--a case report.

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PubMedID: 24597111

Jacques T, Nash R, Kenway B, Vlastarakos P. Pitfalls of operative management of secondary post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage--a case report. B-ENT. 2014;9(4):335-7.
INTRODUCTION
The authors present a potential complication associated with the surgical management of post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage using absorbable cellulose haemostatic dressings. The article discusses the deficiencies of our current understanding of how best to manage this common and potentially life-threatening ENT emergency.

CASE REPORT
A 40-year-old man presented to Accident-and-Emergency with a post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage on the 7th postoperative day. The bleeding was managed surgically, with suturing of the faucial pillars incorporating a piece of Surgicel into the closure. Two days later the patient experienced an episode of partial airway obstruction, due to a piece of dislodged haemostatic material, owing to failure of the closure. The techniques used in the operative management of post-tonsillectomy bleeding are not formally evaluated or discussed in the current literature, and in some cases are unreliable or even potentially hazardous. Further discussion, research, and formulation of a more stepwise approach would be of considerable benefit.