How effective are antibiotics in reducing post-tonsillectomy morbidity?
The risk of adverse effects such as skin rashes and diarrhoea are slightly higher in patients who are prescribed antibiotics.
Tonsillectomy is a commonly performed operation in children and adults. In the UK only 12% of ENT specialists routinely prescribe antibiotics¹, compared to 79% in the USA.² Following the operation, nearly all patients experience significant pain, need regular painkillers, and are unable to resume normal diet and activities for a few hours to several days. 1. Dhiwikar M et al. Journal of Laryngology and Otology 2005 ;119 :614-619. 2. Krishna P et al. International Journal of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2004 ;68 :779-784.