Peritonsillar abscess

Case contributed by Dr Ammar Haouimi


Fever, and dysphagia in a patient with a history of recurrent tonsillitis.

Patient Data

Age: 18 years
Gender: Male

The CT images demonstrate a hypodense fluid collection with peripheral enhancement within the right tonsilar region, extending to the ipsilateral parapharyngeal, and submandibular spaces as well as the retropharyngeal space.  Bilateral reactive lymph nodes are noted.

Case Discussion

CT features are consistent with a peritonsillar abscess. The retropharyngeal extension is considered as one of the complications.

Differential diagnosis include


Additional contributor. Z.E Boudiaf,  MD, CHU Constantine, Algeria

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Case information

rID: 69226
Published: 4th Jul 2019
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Aurès Medical Imaging Center - Batna Algeria

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