What is the role of anesthesia in peritonsillar abscess drainage?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Jeffrey D Suh, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Anesthesia is indicated (topical, local, or both). Such anesthesia can include combinations of the following:

  • Cetacaine spray

  • Viscous lidocaine

  • Local injection of anesthesia [12]

For more information on topical anesthetics, see Topical Anesthesia. For more information on local anesthetics, see Infiltrative Administration of Local Anesthetic Agents.

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