What is the most common complication of tonsillectomy in adults?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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A study by Galindo Torres et al of tonsillectomy in adults found bleeding to be the complication that recurred the most (5.21% of tonsillectomies). Bleeding risk did not seem to have a statistically significant association with whether the tonsillar pillars were sutured or not or with surgical indication. Tonsillitis was the most frequent indication for surgery (74.85%). [29]


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