Halitosis and pain post electrocautery adenoidectomy

S. Soumya, Ravi Vissapragada, Julie Le, Eng H. Ooi

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Background and Objectives: Electrocautery adenoidectomy (ECA) is a common procedure performed in paediatric otolaryngology. ECA has been preferred over curettage adenoidectomy due to its lower intraoperative bleeding rates, decreased procedure time, and higher subjective success. However, post-ECA symptoms of pain and halitosis have never been studied. The objective of our study was to identify the pattern of post-ECA halitosis and pain in the paediatric population. Materials and Methods: This is a single centre, prospective observational study that uses visual analogue scales (VAS) by parent proxy to assess post-ECA pain and halitosis in paediatric patients (age < 18) in South Australia. A total of 19 patients were enrolled in the study and followed for seven days. Results: Postoperative pain and halitosis reaches a peak 3 days post-ECA (median = 2 for pain; median = 6 for halitosis) but resolves 7 days post-ECA (median = 0 for both). Conclusions: Our study demonstrates that halitosis and pain occur over a seven-day period in patients undergoing ECA and will resolve post-operatively with simple analgesia and without antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number312
Number of pages8
JournalMedicina (Lithuania)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2019

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  • Electrocautery adenoidectomy
  • Halitosis
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain
  • Pediatric procedures


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