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A comparison between conventional throat packs and pharyngeal placement of tampons in rhinology surgeries.
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  • Hasan Alansari,
  • amr abdullah,
  • Abdulrahman AlMannai,
  • Raneem Al shaikh,
  • Eman Juma,
  • Hiba Alreefy,
  • keith johnston
Hasan Alansari
King Hamad University Hospital
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amr abdullah
King Hamad University Hospital
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Abdulrahman AlMannai
King Hamad University Hospital
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Raneem Al shaikh
King Hamad University Hospital
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Eman Juma
King Hamad University Hospital
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Hiba Alreefy
William harvey hospital
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keith johnston
King Hamad University Hospital
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Abstract

Abstract Objective: the aim is to evaluate the incidence of postoperative throat pain, nausea and vomiting in patients that have been packed with either conventional gauze or pharyngeal tampons. Methods We included adult patients who were booked for a rhinology surgery that needed throat packs. They were allocated into two groups, pharyngeal tampons, and conventional ribbon gauze. They were then assessed using visual analog scales and PONV impact scale respectively in the 1st, 4th, and 24th –hour. Results VAS results show that tampons are better than gauze, with 25 out of 43 patients using tampons having low VAS scores after 24 hours whereas 23 out of 46 patients using gauze had low VAS scores after 24 hours. The data shows that tampons are equivalent to gauze in terms of PONV. Conclusion The study shows that the use of pharyngeal tampons is associated with decreased pain scores, however, it also shows that there no difference in postoperative nausea and vomiting.