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Peritonsillar abscess is a collection of infected material in the area around the tonsils.
Alternative Names of Peritonsillar Abscess are: Quinsy.
Complications of Peritonsillar Abscess
Causes of Peritonsillar Abscess
Signs & Symptoms of Peritonsillar Abscess
One or both tonsils become infected. The infection may spread over the roof of the mouth (palate), and to the neck and chest, including the lungs. Swollen tissues may block the airway, which is a life-threatening medical emergency.
The abscess can break open (rupture) into the throat, infecting or further blocking the airway.
Symptoms of peritonsillar abscess include:
Diagnosis of Peritonsillar Abscess
An examination of the throat and neck may reveal redness and swelling of one or both tonsils, the throat, neck, and chest.
The following tests may be done:
Treatments of Peritonsillar Abscess
Prevention of Peritonsillar Abscess
Quickly and completely treating tonsillitis, especially bacterial tonsillitis, may help prevent an abscess.
When to seek Medical Advice
Call your health care provider if you have had tonsillitis and you develop symptoms of peritonsillar abscess.
Call your health care provider if you have:
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