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Original scientific paper

https://doi.org/10.11608/sgnj.27.2.1

Factors affecting the recovery of children after tonsillectomy

Blaženka Pavlić ; General Hospital Karlovac, A. Štampara 3, 47 000 Karlovac, Croatia
Snježana Mirilović ; General Hospital Karlovac, A. Štampara 3, 47 000 Karlovac, Croatia
Karolina Vižintin ; General Hospital Karlovac, A. Štampara 3, 47 000 Karlovac, Croatia
Afrodita Gavrilidis ; General Hospital Karlovac, A. Štampara 3, 47 000 Karlovac, Croatia
Vladimir Bauer ; General Hospital Karlovac, A. Štampara 3, 47 000 Karlovac, Croatia
Marko Velimir Grgić ; University Hospital Sestre milosrdnice, Vinogradska cesta 29, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia


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Abstract

Introduction: Tonsil operations are among the most usual operations performed on children. The aim of this study is to establish how age, sex, body height, and weight affect the recovery of children after tonsillectomy.
Methods: This study involved 66 children, girls and boys equally, between the ages of 4-9. The survey obtained seven questions about the factors that we have evaluated as significant for the postoperative recovery of children (fluid intake, food intake, sleep, daily activities, mood, communication, hospitalization) and was conducted by a nurse on the third, the seventh and the fifteenth postoperative day by a telephone inquiry.
Results: Statistically significant difference between boys and girls was found during the seventh day (daily activities) and the fifteenth day (sleep). Pearson test of correlation established a statistically significant negative correlation in the group of all children with age/height/weight during the third, seventh, and fifteenth day for the consummation of liquid and food, sleep, daily activities, mood, and communication. Statistical significance was not established in relation to the hospitalization.
Conclusion: We can conclude that, in our sample physically smaller thus, younger children recover better than the elder ones, which is statistically confirmed by a significant negative correlation between age, weight, height, and the observed parameters during the recovery. To a further extent, we concluded that girls recover slightly better than boys, but for most parameters the difference was not statistically significant.

Keywords

tonsillectomy, adenotonsillectomy, life quality

Hrčak ID:

281170

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/281170

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