Complications of adenotonsillectomy in pediatric age

Complications of adenotonsillectomy in pediatric age


  • Laura della Vecchia Department of Otorhinolaryngology, General Hospital Macchi– ASST Settelaghi, Varese, Italy
  • Francesco Maria Passali ENT Department, University Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
  • Elisa Coden Department of Otorhinolaryngology, General Hospital Macchi– ASST Settelaghi, Varese, Italy


adenotonsillectomy, children, complications


Although in recent years adenotonsillectomy procedures have shown an overall reduction in number, this surgery continues to be the most frequently performed in our speciality, especially in pediatric age. The progressive improvement in both surgical techniques and devices and anaesthesia has made adenotonsillectomy a less risky manoeuvre, but this does not mean that it is free from potential adverse events or even an easy, routine and risk-free procedure, as presented by some para scientific literature and mass media. Here we address issues related to the complications that can arise when performing this surgical procedure, which can be very serious.


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Complications of adenotonsillectomy in pediatric age. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2020 Feb. 17 [cited 2024 Jun. 16];91(1-S):48-53. Available from:

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