Peritonsillar abscess

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Severe sore throat and fever for the past 2 days.

Patient Data

Age: 18 years
Gender: Male

2.7cm rim enhancing right peritonsillar abscess, with resultant distortion of the upper airway.

Case Discussion

Peritonsillar abscess (quinsy) is a collection of pus that lies between the tonsillar capsule and superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle. It is thought to be a result of tonsillitis.

Surgical drainage is usually required, as it was in this case.

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Case information

rID: 28051
Published: 8th Mar 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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