Table 1: Demographic and preoperative prescription data for children who underwent tonsillectomy in the public sector: PTH versus no PTH.

PTH (n=54)No PTH (n=1341)p-value

Gender

Male53.7%57.5%p=0.58

Female46.3%42.5%p=0.58

Mean age (years)6.5 0.96.9 0.2p=0.28

Mean Body Mass Index20.4 1.719.3 0.3p=0.1

Courses of antibiotics in the year before surgery3.3 0.43.4 0.1p=0.74

Analgesia prescribed by a general practitioner in the year before surgery72.2%80.3%p=0.15

Prednisone prescribed by a general practitioner in the year before surgery14.8%17.7%p=0.58

†PTH = Posttonsillectomy haemorrhage.