Peritonsillar abscess

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete


Sore throat, fever

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Female

CT show increased volume in both palatine tonsils, in  the right tonsil is observed  a collection, with hypodense center and enhanced walls with use of intravenous contrast . Faint inflammatory changes in adipose tissue of the right parapharyngeal space. Reactive lymph nodes were identified in both anterior cervical chains , especially in the bilateral group II. The air and food passages have normal caliber. Larynx without tomographic alterations. Retropharyngeal, submandibular and masticatory spaces without  tomographic alterations. Tongue and mouth floor of normal tomographic features. Parotid and submandibular glands were normal.

Case Discussion

Findings consistent with a right peritonsillar abscess.

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Case information

rID: 27571
Published: 11th Feb 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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