Objective: Tonsillectomy is one of the most commonly performed procedures in children. However, parents often hesitate to agree to the procedure because of concerns of the possible harmful impact on their child's psychological health. The present study was performed to examine the short-term psychological impact on children who had undergone tonsillectomy. Methods: Forty-three pediatric patients aged 3-11 years who underwent tonsillectomy were enrolled in the study. Postoperative pain was assessed using a 10-point visual analog scale (VAS) on postoperative days 1, 2, 7, and 21. The Korean version of the Child Behavior Checklist (K-CBCL) was given to the parents of the children to evaluate the psychosocial effect of tonsillectomy on the preoperative day and on postoperative day 21. Results: There were no significant differences in postoperative pain according to age, tonsil size, degree of adhesion, or operation time. There was no significant relationship between postoperative pain score and K-CBCL score. Sociality, total behavioral problems, externalizing problems, internalizing problems, anxiety/depression, social immaturity, and emotional lability domain scores on the K-CBCL were improved significantly. Conclusions: Improvements in general emotional and social status were observed at 3 weeks after tonsillectomy. Tonsillectomy itself does not have a harmful effect on children's psychological status.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology|
|Publication status||Published - 2008 Sep 1|
- Pain measurement
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health