Peritonsillar abscess in early childhood

Presentation and management

Norman R. Friedman, Ron B. Mitchell, Kevin D. Pereira, Ramzi T. Younis, Rande H. Lazar

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Objective: To highlight the modes of presentation and management of a peritonsillar abscess in children younger than 5 years. Design: Retrospective case series. Setting: Tertiary referral pediatric otolaryngology practice. Patients: Seven children younger than 5 years. Results: The mean age of the children studied was 27 months (age range, 7-41 months). Five (71%) of the 7 patients underwent computed tomographic scanning to confirm the diagnosis. Pus was cultured at surgery in every case. The most common organism detected was Streptococcus viridans. The average hospital stay was 72 hours (range, 22 hours to 12 days). After diagnosis of an abscess, all patients underwent an electrocautery tonsillectomy and had an uneventful recovery. Conclusions: Children younger than 5 years who present with poor oral intake, high fever, drooling, and trismus should be suspected of having a peritonsillar abscess. A computed tomographic scan of the neck is usually required to confirm a suspected diagnosis. Prompt diagnosis and treatment will lead to a considerable decrease in morbidity. Immediate tonsillectomy is a sail and effective means of abscess drainage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)630-632
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume123
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1997

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Peritonsillar Abscess
Tonsillectomy
Abscess
Trismus
Sialorrhea
Viridans Streptococci
Electrocoagulation
Suppuration
Otolaryngology
Drainage
Length of Stay
Fever
Neck
Referral and Consultation
Pediatrics
Morbidity

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  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Friedman, N. R., Mitchell, R. B., Pereira, K. D., Younis, R. T., & Lazar, R. H. (1997). Peritonsillar abscess in early childhood: Presentation and management. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 123(6), 630-632.

Peritonsillar abscess in early childhood : Presentation and management. / Friedman, Norman R.; Mitchell, Ron B.; Pereira, Kevin D.; Younis, Ramzi T.; Lazar, Rande H.

In: Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 123, No. 6, 06.1997, p. 630-632.

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Friedman, NR, Mitchell, RB, Pereira, KD, Younis, RT & Lazar, RH 1997, 'Peritonsillar abscess in early childhood: Presentation and management', Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 123, no. 6, pp. 630-632.
Friedman, Norman R. ; Mitchell, Ron B. ; Pereira, Kevin D. ; Younis, Ramzi T. ; Lazar, Rande H. / Peritonsillar abscess in early childhood : Presentation and management. In: Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 1997 ; Vol. 123, No. 6. pp. 630-632.
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