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Am Fam Physician. 2002 Jan 1;65(1):93-6.

Peritonsillar abscess: diagnosis and treatment.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, USA. steyerte@musc.edu

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  • Am Fam Physician 2002 Jul 1;66(1):30.

Abstract

Peritonsillar abscess, the most common deep infection of the head and neck that occurs in adults, is typically formed by a combination of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. The presenting symptoms include fever, throat pain, and trismus. Ultrasonography and computed tomographic scanning are useful in confirming a diagnosis. Needle aspiration remains the gold standard for diagnosis and treatment of peritonsillar abscess. After performing aspiration, appropriate antibiotic therapy (including penicillin, clindamycin, cephalosporins, or metronidazole) must be initiated. In advanced cases, incision and drainage or immediate tonsillectomy may be required.

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