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New York, New York 10021


To determine whether a 3-day course of postoperative antibiotics is effective as a 7-day course in reducing pain and reducing time to resumption of normal diet and activity following pediatric tonsillectomy

Study summary:

STUDY DESIGN : A prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled trial METHODS : All pediatric patients (under the age of 18) scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy from an outpatient otolaryngology practice will be recruited for the study. Exclusion criteria include prior use of antibiotics 7 days before surgery, penicillin allergy or medical comorbidity necessitating antibiotic use. Preoperative demographic information will be obtained. Tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy will be performed by a single surgeon (JJ) using electrocautery. Patients will be randomized to receive either a 3- or 7-day course of amoxicillin. Parents will be asked to record the following information: analgesic use for the first 7 postoperative days, postoperative days the child initiated her usual diet and level of activity and medical treatment for oral hemorrhage or dehydration. Statistical analysis will be performed to determine a real difference between the two groups with regard to analgesic use, resumption to normal diet and activity, and incidence of oral hemorrhage or dehydration.


Inclusion Criteria: - tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy - under the age of 18 Exclusion Criteria: - penicillin allergy - took antibiotics within 7 days of surgery - medical comorbidity requiring treatment with antibiotics



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Jacqueline Jones, MD
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

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Location Contact:

New York, New York 10021
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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