Delayed onset of tooth decay in a routine pediatric adenotonsillectomy

Prachi N. Patel, Matthew L. Rohlfing, Jessica R. Levi

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Adenotonsillectomy is a common pediatric surgical procedure with a well-defined safety profile. Major complications from this procedure include bleeding/hemorrhage, infection, pain leading to dehydration, and airway obstruction or edema. Though rare, oral endotracheal intubation and oral retractor placement may result in injuries to the teeth and the surrounding soft tissue. We describe a rare case of delayed tooth decay in a 3-year-old female following an otherwise routine adenotonsillectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103019
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021


  • Adenotonsillectomy
  • Dental injury
  • Mouth gag
  • Pediatric
  • Tooth decay


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