OBJECTIVE: The objective of current study was to determine the frequency of postoperative sore throat and its associated risk factors after tracheal intubation under general anesthesia at DHQ hospital, Timergara, Dir Lower
METHODS: In this cross-sectional study general surgical patients were interviewed post-operatively to conclude the presence of sore throat. Information related to socio demographics, surgical procedure, duration of surgery and size of endotracheal tube was noted. This study was completed in a period of almost 1 year.
Results: A total of 296 patients were interviewed. 89(30.1%) patients suffer with sore throat post-operatively. Female patients reported more sore throat than male patients (33.13% vs. 26.15%). Sore throat was found to be more frequent with older age group and larger size of endotracheal tube.
Conclusion: Prevalence of postoperative sore throat is high in our cohort. Female gender, old age and use of large size of endotracheal tube are associated with developing sore throat postoperatively