Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Peritonsillar abscess

EMBlog Mayo Clinic - By Cabrera D - Author: Dante LS Souza - October 11, 2016 
"Peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is a collection of pus between the capsule of the palatine tonsil and the pharyngeal muscles. It is the most common deep neck space infection, both in children (49%) and adults (30%), representing the most frequent indication for non-elective otolaryngological hospital admissions... 
Thus, our findings support previous studies that initial medical management should be considered in certain scenarios. Noninvasive approach can be considered as initial management of patients with less-advanced symptoms or smaller abscesses without compromising outcome and it can be an alternative first-line treatment in resource-limited or austere environments or in populations where surgical approach can be challenging or unfeasible, such as small children or when it is the patient’s preference. Patients with drooling, trismus, muffled voice, and uvular deviation or large abscess size may benefit from surgical drainage..."