Spontaneous tonsillar hemorrhage and post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage

Yeon Soo Kim, Seok Jin Hong, June Choi, Seung Hoon Lee, Soon Young Kwon, Ji Ho Choi

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Spontaneous tonsillar hemorrhage from infectious causes is extremely rare and post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage, although also relatively rare, is an unavoidable complication of the procedure. Hemorrhage in association with tonsillitis or tonsillectomy is potentially dangerous and can be life threatening. We report here the presentation and management of a 42-yr-old man with severe spontaneous hemorrhage from infected tonsils and post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage. We suggest that if attempts to control the bleeding are not successful or if severe spontaneous tonsillar hemorrhage occurs repeatedly or a malignancy is suspected, tonsillectomy and close postoperative follow up is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-58
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Hemorrhage
  • Palatine tonsil
  • Tonsillectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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