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J Emerg Med. 2008 Oct;35(3):297-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2007.08.072. Epub 2008 Mar 4.

A novel approach to enhance visualization during drainage of peritonsillar abscess.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001, USA.

Abstract

Routine emergency department care for uncomplicated peritonsillar abscess involves needle aspiration or incision and drainage. Standard technique involves use of a tongue blade and auxiliary light source. We describe the novel use of a disassembled disposable vaginal speculum with fiberoptic light, a device becoming commonplace in many emergency departments. This novel approach to managing peritonsillar abscess greatly enhances visualization and facilitates peritonsillar abscess drainage.

PMID:
18296007
DOI:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2007.08.072
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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