What are the postdrainage procedures in the treatment of peritonsillar abscess?

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:

  • The aspirate or abscess contents can be sent to microbiology for gram stain and culture.

  • Administer a single high dose of steroid, unless contraindicated. [13] One option is a single dose of Dexamethasone IV (Decadron). See Pearls for more information.

  • Place the patient on oral antibiotics for 5-7 days. Selected recommended antibiotics include amoxicillin plus clavulanate (Augmentin) or clindamycin.


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