June 16, 2010

Blood Type Group O Associated With Higher Rates of Post-Tonsillectomy Bleeding

In the July 2010 volume of International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, researchers in Ireland published an interesting finding that 63% of bleeding after tonsillectomy were in patients with Blood Type O. The general population Blood Type O is only 55%.

Although the authors were careful to state that this finding does not demonstrate causality, this association does suggest that patients with Type-O blood are more likely to suffer from secondary bleeds following tonsillectomy.

The other blood types are A, B, and AB.

Read the research here.

Read more about tonsillectomy here.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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