Peritonsillar Abscess Questions & Answers

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Benoit J Gosselin, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the anatomy relevant to peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the pathophysiology of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What causes peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the incidence of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the prognosis of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

Which physical findings are characteristic of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What are complications of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

Workup

What is the role of lab tests in the diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the role of plain radiography in the diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the role of CT scanning in the diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the role of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the role of needle aspiration in the workup of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

Treatment

How is a peritonsillar abscess (PTA) treated?

What is the focus of medical therapy for the treatment for peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the role of antibiotic therapy in the treatment of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the role of steroids in the treatment of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the role of needle aspiration in the surgical treatment of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the role of incision and drainage in the surgical treatment of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

When is consultation with an otolaryngologist or surgeon indicated for the treatment for peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is included in preprocedural care for patients with peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

How is the patient prepared for surgery for peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

When is general anesthesia indicated for the surgical treatment for peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is the role of tonsillectomy in the treatment of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

Which factor increases the risk for surgical complications in the treatment of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is included in postoperative care following surgical treatment of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What are possible complications of surgery for peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

What is included in long-term monitoring following treatment of peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?