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Front Pediatr


A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, single dose analgesic study of preoperative intravenous ibuprofen for tonsillectomy in children.


Tonsillectomy is a recognized treatment for children with tonsil hypertrophy and results in significant postoperative oropharyngeal pain. Fentanyl and other morphine-like analgesics are widely used as perioperative analgesia but are associated with side effects such as vomiting, nausea, and respiratory depression. As the least toxic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, ibuprofen may be effective and safe for pain control after tonsillectomy. We aimed to explore whether the addition of intravenous (IV) ibuprofen administered at induction can reduce the need for early postoperativeanalgesics.