What equipment is needed to perform a peritonsillar abscess drainage procedure?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Jeffrey D Suh, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Equipment necessary to perform the procedure includes the following:

  • Anesthesia (benzocaine spray, lidocaine 1% with 1:100,000 epinephrine)

  • Syringe, 10 mL

  • Needles, 18 and 27 ga

  • Scalpel (Blade should be only partially uncovered/uncapped to expose only the tip of the scalpel; this avoids a deep incision.)

  • Tongue retractor (sweetheart retractor pictured below) or tongue depressor

  • Long curved Kelly clamp (for blunt dissection after incision with scalpel)

  • Gloves

  • Oral suction

  • Culture swabs, if indicated

  • The image below depicts some of the equipment used for the incision and drainage of a PTA.

    Some equipment used for the incision and drainage Some equipment used for the incision and drainage of a PTA.

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