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'Less pain' to remove tonsils
A 10-year study from Flinders University has found ''shrinking'' tonsils results in far less pain and bleeding than a full tonsillectomy. The research paper, published this month in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, looked at 608 children who underwent tonsil surgery between 2008 and 2018. (2020-10-13)

World-first saliva test detects hidden throat cancer
A series of saliva HPV tests detected an asymptomatic throat cancer during a trial of a new saliva diagnostic. Further validation studies are needed to confirm this finding. It is a world-first discovery, previously there was no screening test for HPV-DNA oropharyngeal cancers. The patient had surgery in which a 2 mm cancer was removed and has had no recurrence of HPV-DNA in his saliva. (2020-05-11)

One-third of children having tonsillectomies benefitted from opioid-free surgery and recovery
Nearly one-third of children who had surgery to remove their tonsils did not need opioids to get adequate pain relief during and after surgery, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting. (2019-10-20)

UTA, University of Maryland team up to better understand sleep apnea treatment in children
Gautam Das, a professor in UTA's Computer Science and Engineering Department, worked with University of Maryland School of Medicine physicians to understand whether sleep studies predicted the improved outcomes following surgery for sleep apnea in children. For their analysis, they re-analyzed the data collected during the Childhood Adenotonsillectomy Trial (CHAT), a randomized trial published in 2013 that compared adenotonsillectomy with watchful waiting for seven months to treat sleep apnea in children. (2019-09-20)

Opioid prescribing patterns in children after tonsillectomy
National private insurance claims data were used to examine opioid prescribing patterns in children after tonsillectomy and return visits for complications. Opioids are commonly used after tonsillectomy, although American Academy of Otolaryngology clinical practice guidelines recommend nonopioids such as NSAIDs. This analysis included 2016 and 2017 claims data coded for tonsillectomy for nearly 16,000 children; nearly 60% of whom had one or more prescription drug claims for opioids between seven days before to one day after tonsillectomy. (2019-08-08)

Six in 10 children receive opioids after tonsillectomy
Sixty percent of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids -- with average prescriptions lasting about six to 10 days -- a new study finds. (2019-08-08)

Adenoid and tonsil trouble for teens
With a new, exacting longitudinal study, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)-led researchers challenge the established medical consensus that adenoids and tonsils shrink significantly during the teenage years. By carefully measuring X-ray images from the same students at different ages, they generated the most accurate growth curves to date. These findings can help diagnose several adult disorders, including OSA. (2019-02-08)

Tonsillectomy in children: Update to guidelines for treating and managing care
The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published the Clinical Practice Guideline: Tonsillectomy in Children (Update) today in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The update to the 2011 publication, which includes a large amount of new information that applies to a child considered for tonsillectomy, emphasizes education, counseling, and pain management with several tables and handouts that are user-friendly and helpful to caregivers. (2019-02-05)

Tonsil and adenoid removal associated with respiratory, allergic and infectious disease
Removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases, according to researchers who have examined -- for the first time -- the long-term effects of the operations. (2018-06-07)

Black box warning slows, but doesn't stop, codeine for kids after tonsil removal
Despite an FDA black box warning against prescribing children codeine following tonsil and adenoid removal, 1 in 20 children undergoing these surgeries continued to receive the opioid, a new study suggests. (2017-11-16)

Study shows codeine prescribed to children despite FDA warning against it
A new study shows as many as one in 20 children were still receiving codeine to treat pain after tonsil and adenoid surgery, two years after federal regulators warned doctors that prescribing the opioid to kids after the routine surgeries could be fatal. (2017-11-16)

Delaying child's tonsillectomy does not lower risk of developmental disorder
Children under age 5 who underwent minor surgery requiring anesthesia had a 26 percent increased risk of later diagnosis with a mental disorder. However, the timing of the procedure did not affect this risk, according to a new study. Based on these findings, there is little support for delaying a minor procedure to reduce the potential neurodevelopmental risks of anesthesia in children. (2017-09-14)

Tonsillotomy: Fewer adverse effects at first, but renewed inflammation/surgery possible
In the short term, tonsillotomy is associated with less pain, as well as fewer swallowing and sleeping problems, than tonsillectomy. But regrowing tissue can lead to renewed inflammation. (2017-03-23)

Tonsillectomy can improve quality of life
Adults suffering from frequent sore throats might find relief by having their tonsils removed: after undergoing tonsillectomy (surgical removal of the tonsils), people were found to have fewer cases of sore throat, fewer missed working days, and an improved quality of life. Götz Senska and coauthors analyzed the long-term effects of tonsillectomy based on patient surveys, recently published in Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. (2016-01-15)

Study shows hypothermia occurs during surgery in around half of patients
A study presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia congress in Berlin shows that hypothermia occurs in around half of patients undergoing surgery, despite national guidelines for its prevention. (2015-05-29)

Morphine following common childhood surgery may be life threatening
The study identified a significant risk for potentially-fatal breathing disruption when morphine is administered at home after surgery to treat pain in children who undergo tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy. This surgery is commonly and effectively used to treat childhood sleep apnea. The study also showed ibuprofen is a safe and effective alternative. (2015-01-26)

Post-tonsillectomy complications more likely in kids from lower-income families
New research finds that children from lower-income families are more likely to have complications following outpatient tonsillectomy surgery. (2014-10-15)

Latest ear, nose, throat, head and neck research to be presented Sept. 21-24
The latest research on sleep apnea, tonsillectomies, hearing loss, head and neck cancers and other otolaryngic topics will be presented in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 21-24, at the 2014 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO of the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. (2014-09-02)

Children exposed to secondhand tobacco or cooking smoke have very high rates of pain and complications after tonsillectomy
New research presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia meeting in Stockholm shows that children exposed to indoor coal-burning stoves and/or second-hand tobacco smoke are much more likely to suffer postoperative complications and excessive pain after tonsillectomies. (2014-06-01)

New research shows parental presence improves the quality of child anesthesia
New research presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia meeting in Stockholm shows that having parents present during the induction of their child's anaesthesia improves the quality of that anesthesia. The study is by Dr. Alicia Sanchez, Department of Anesthesiology, Hospital de Sagunto, Spain, and colleagues. (2014-06-01)

UCSF study finds codeine often prescribed to children, despite available alternatives
Despite its potentially harmful effects in children, codeine continues to be prescribed in US emergency rooms, according to new research from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. (2014-04-21)

Weight gain in children occurs after tonsil removal, not linked to obesity
Weight gain in children after they have their tonsils removed (adenotonsillectomy) occurs primarily in children who are smaller and younger at the time of the surgery, and weight gain was not linked with increased rates of obesity. (2014-04-17)

Adults' tonsillectomy complications are higher than previously thought
Twenty percent of adults who have tonsillectomies will have a complication, which is significantly higher than previously shown, according to a team of researchers. The team also found that these complications substantially increase health care expenditures. (2014-04-03)

Adult tonsillectomy complications and health care expenses
A study released today of 36,210 adult tonsillectomy patients finds that 20 percent will have a complication, offering valuable new insights to a decades long discussion. The study, featured in the April 2014 issue of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, examines the prevalence of complications in adult tonsillectomies and the impact on health care expenditures. (2014-04-01)

Over-the counter as effective as Rx at managing post-tonsillectomy pain
You may be able to eat all of the ice cream you want after having your tonsils removed, but researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say you don't necessarily need a prescription to reduce post-operative pain -- an over-the-counter pain-reliever is just as effective. (2013-10-01)

Presentations of new research in otolaryngology -- head and neck surgery
The 2013 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO of the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, the largest meeting of ear, nose, and throat doctors in the world, convenes today through Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, to share the latest scientific research and clinical advances. (2013-09-30)

Study identifies a simple way to reduce healthcare costs
A study led by a Loyola University Medical Center ENT physician provides a case study of a simple action that can reduce healthcare costs without compromising care. (2013-07-18)

Johns Hopkins rewrites obsolete blood-ordering rules
Johns Hopkins researchers have developed new guidelines -- the first in more than 35 years -- to govern the amount of blood ordered for surgical patients. The recommendations, based on a lengthy study of blood use at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, can potentially save the medical center more than $200,000 a year and improve patient safety, researchers say. (2013-05-22)

Rates of childhood squint surgery have plummeted over past 50 years
Rates of surgery to correct childhood squint in England have tumbled over the past 50 years, finds research published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. (2013-04-10)

Tonsillectomy in adults with severe recurrent sore throats may benefit some people
Tonsillectomy may result in fewer severe sore throats and could benefit some adult patients, according to a randomized trial published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2013-04-02)

Sharp rise in children admitted to hospital with throat infections since 1999
The number of children admitted to hospital in England for acute throat infections increased by 76 percent between 1999 and 2010. (2012-10-19)

Pre-op steroids to prevent nausea do not significantly increase post-op bleeding
Corticosteroids are often given to children undergoing tonsillectomy to reduce postoperative nausea and vomiting; however, previous research has suggested that corticosteroids may increase the risk of hemorrhage during and after surgery. Mass. Eye and Ear researchers set to determine the effect of dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, on bleeding. They found that administration of the dexamethasone to children during a tonsillectomy was not associated with excessive, serious bleeding events following surgery compared to patients who received placebo. (2012-09-25)

Using corticosteroid for children undergoing tonsillectomy may not increase risk of serious bleeding
Administration of the corticosteroid dexamethasone to children during a tonsillectomy was not associated with excessive, serious bleeding events following surgery compared to patients who received placebo. (2012-09-25)

Age, not underlying diagnosis, key factor in weight gain in children after tonsillectomy
Potentially worrisome weight gains following tonsillectomy occur mostly in children under the age of 6, not in older children, a study by Johns Hopkins experts in otolaryngology head and neck surgery shows. (2012-09-12)

Bad strep throat? It's probably not strep, most likely viral
Although people often say they have (2012-09-10)

AAO-HNSF 2012 new poster presentations
Ear, nose, throat, and head and neck physicians from around the world will gather to share the latest scientific research and industry insights at the 2012 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO of the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (2012-09-09)

Ear, Nose & Throat Journal publishes research on breakthrough treatment for tonsil stones
Christopher Y. Chang, M.D. and Richard Thrasher, M.D. came up with a novel and effective approach to eradicate tonsil stones. (2012-06-20)

AAO-HNS releases updated Clinical Indicators
The American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) has released updated Clinical Indicators for the public and physicians. Clinical indicators for otolaryngology serve as a checklist for practitioners and a quality care review tool for clinical departments. The Clinical Indicators are created by the AAO-HNS and its clinical committees. (2012-05-07)

Nursing for autism across the lifespan highlighted in Drexel professor's new book
The growing number of children and adults on the autism spectrum represent a growing need for quality health care that is sensitive to the issues they face. This is the premise and challenge behind a new text, (2012-04-17)

Presidential keynote address and new research highlights from the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology meeting
The American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology will hold its annual meeting, April 18-22, during the 2012 Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings -- a joint meeting of eight otolaryngological societies in San Diego, Calif. (2012-04-10)

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