The management of post-tonsillectomy pain in children

David E. Tunkel, Grace X Tan

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Pain management for children following tonsillectomy is challenging and controversial, particularly concerning the use of opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). We discuss a variety of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions that can be used pre-, intra-, and post-operatively for analgesia and review the evidence for their efficacy and side effects. We focus on the technique of partial intracapsullar tonsillectomy and its benefits in reducing posttonsillectomy pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Tonsillectomy
Subtitle of host publicationIntracapsular Versus Extracapsular Techniques (DVD Included)
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781536122534
ISBN (Print)9781536127065
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes



  • Analgesia
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Opioids
  • Pain
  • Tonsillectomy

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Tunkel, D. E., & Tan, G. X. (2017). The management of post-tonsillectomy pain in children. In Pediatric Tonsillectomy: Intracapsular Versus Extracapsular Techniques (DVD Included) (pp. 103-123). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..