No hemorrhage risk from corticosteroids after tonsillectomy, study says

September 26, 2012

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.

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