What is the prevalence of bilateral peritonsillar abscesses?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Jeffrey D Suh, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Sudies have found the incidence of bilateral PTAs to be between 3.9%-6.5%. [23, 24] In one study, younger age, absence of a deviated uvula, and a higher C-reactive protein value were the clinical features associated with bilateral PTAs in multivariate analysis. [23] Bilateral PTAs can present as a diagnostic challange as the uvula might not be deviated, which is a common physical exam finding for typical PTAs.


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