Acute bacterial tonsillitis

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Female

The palatine tonsils are increased in size and with hyperaemia of the crypts in diffuse form, predominantly in the right, where formation of hypodense images with irregular borders consistent with phlegmon changes extending cranially to the level of the nasopharynx. These are associated with the presence of extensive oedematous changes in adipose tissue adjacent to parapharyngeal and submandibular space and the presence of many reactive adenopathy in relation to both jugular chains. Not images compatible with abscesses or collections are identified.


Case Discussion

Findings consistent with bilateral acute pharyngitis and tonsillitis, with extensive phlegmon to the right.

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Case information

rID: 27573
Published: 13th Feb 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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