TITLE

The Role of Beta Haemolytic Streptococci in Post Tonsillectomy Haemorrhage

AUTHOR(S)
Stephens, Joanna; Georgalas, Christos; Kyi, Mai; Ghufoor, Khalid
PUB. DATE
January 2007
SOURCE
Internet Journal of Microbiology;Jan2007, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Infection with beta haemolytic streptococci is common, particularly in the pharynx. It is well known that the virulence factors of these organisms can produce a zone of haemolysis on a blood agar plate, but the ocurnace of frank haemorrhage has not been described in association with infections. Tonsillectomy is a commonly performed procedure, and can be complicated by post tonsillectomy haemorrhage.We describe significantly increased rates of post operative bleeding associated with beta haemolytic streptococcal colonisation of the tonsillar bed. This is a new and important finding, and should help to guide our choice of antibiotics in the management of post tonsillectomy haemorrhage.
ACCESSION #
26358258

 

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