How is needle aspiration performed for peritonsillar abscess drainage?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Jeffrey D Suh, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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See the list below:

  • Insert an 18-ga needle on a 10-mL syringe into the area of suspected PTA.

  • Aspirate with the syringe while inserting it.

  • If no abscess is found, slowly withdraw the needle and reinsert.


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