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Peritonsillar abscess

Also known as Quinsy, Quinsies, and Tonsillaris Angina

Peritonsillar abscess (PTA), also known as a quinsy or quinsey, is a recognized complication of tonsillitis and consists of a collection of pus beside the tonsil in what is referred to as Peritonsilar space (Peri - meaning surrounding).

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with peritonsillar abscess, 94% report having sore throat, 62% report having difficulty in swallowing, and 41% report having swollen or red tonsils. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of peritonsillar abscess are sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, swollen or red tonsils, throat feels tight, neck swelling, throat swelling, swollen lymph nodes, and throat redness, although you may still have peritonsillar abscess without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with peritonsillar abscess often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, intravenous fluid replacement, electrolytes panel, kidney function tests, glucose measurement, x-ray computed tomography and excision .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with peritonsillar abscess include clindamycin, dexamethasone topical product, augmentin, dexamethasone, chlorhexidine topical, saccharomyces boulardii lyo (florastor), lipase, chlorpheniramine (c.p.m.), oxaprozin, cefaclor (ceclor), benzocaine topical, levocetirizine (xyzal) and lactobacillus acidophilus (dofus) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for peritonsillar abscess include age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get peritonsillar abscess.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
0.9x
15-29 years
3.0x
30-44 years
0.9x
45-59 years
0.6x
60-74 years
0.2x
75+ years
0.1x

Sex

Male
1.3x
Female
0.8x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.8x
Hispanic
1.2x
White
1.0x
Other
0.9x
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