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Monday, December 20, 2021

Peritonsillar Abscess

TAMING THE SRU
Taming The SRU - December 20, 2021 - By Martina Díaz
“A peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is a collection of fluid located between the capsule of the palatine tonsil and the pharyngeal muscles. The diagnosis of a PTA is typically based on history and exam. Patients might initially experiece symptoms of pharyngitis (sore throat or discomfort) that progresses to a severe sore throat (usually unilateral), fever, and a "hot potato" or muffled voice. Some patients might develop a PTA from obstruction of a group of salivary glands, and thus might not experience any preceding symptoms. Pooling of saliva or drooling may be present. Trismus, or limited mouth opening related to irritation and reflex spasm of the internal pterygoid muscle, occurs in nearly two-thirds of patients…”