Which surgical interventions are used in the acute treatment of peritonsillar abscesses (PTAs)?

Updated: Sep 03, 2020
  • Author: Jorge Flores, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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If acute surgical management of PTA is indicated, the following 3 options are available:

  • Needle aspiration

  • Incision and drainage

  • Quinsy tonsillectomy (eg, simultaneous tonsillectomy with open abscess drainage)

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