What is the initial treatment for peritonsillar abscesses (PTAs)?

Updated: Sep 03, 2020
  • Author: Jorge Flores, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Initial management of PTA may include the following:

  • Transport with supplemental oxygen.

  • Attention to the ABCs (airway, breathing, and circulation)

  • If the patient’s airway is compromised, immediate endotracheal intubation or, if this cannot be accomplished, cricothyroidotomy or tracheostomy; alternatively, awake fiberoptic bronchoscopy

  • Fluid resuscitation as necessary

  • Antipyretics for elevated temperature

  • Adequate analgesia for pain

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