Post-operative safety of pediatric supraglottoplasty: Is post-operative admission necessary?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-9-2023

Publication Title

American journal of otolaryngology

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of adverse events in the first 48 h (acute) 14 days (subacute) in post supraglottoplasty pediatric patients. A secondary aim was to determine if postoperative hospital admission after supraglottoplasty in pediatric patients is necessary.

METHODS: This study was a retrospective review of pediatric patients who underwent supraglottoplasty at a tertiary care center. Data were obtained from January 2017-December 2020, totaling 107 patients. Pediatric patients who underwent supraglottoplasty were included in the study. Information regarding patients' demographics, length of postoperative hospital stay, comorbid conditions, unit of hospital admission, intraoperative and postoperative adverse events, and readmission within the first 14 days was gathered and analyzed.

RESULTS: The incidence of postoperative adverse events for all subjects after supraglottoplasty was 5.7 % (N = 6). The most common postoperative complications were respiratory distress (N = 2), followed by substernal retractions, stridor, and decreased oral intake (N = 1). There was no statistically significant increased incidence in any group of patients, regardless of their unit of stay post-operatively (p = 0.39).

CONCLUSIONS: Supraglottoplasty is a safe surgical option for patients with severe laryngomalacia. While each patient's care is individualized, we demonstrate that post-operative hospital admission is not necessary for healthy children undergoing supraglottoplasty.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: III - This is a retrospective chart review.

Volume

45

Issue

2

First Page

104171

DOI

10.1016/j.amjoto.2023.104171

ISSN

1532-818X

PubMed ID

38101128

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