No hemorrhage risk from corticosteroids after tonsillectomy, study says


September 26, 2012 1:02:17 PM PDT
There is new assurance a drug widely used to help children through tonsillectomies is safe and effective.

Corticosteroids are used during surgery to prevent nausea and vomiting, which are common complications. But there has been some concern the drugs may increase the risk of hemorrhage.

Now a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says not to worry.

Experts followed more than 300 young patients and found no increase in severe bleeding events.

And the steroids produced a faster return of appetite, improved pain control, and decreased swelling in the airways.