What is included in inpatient care 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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Observation, imaging studies, airway management, and intravenous hydration may be required.

Other methods of operative management strategy may be indicated and should be performed by an otolaryngologist.

Recurrence obviates the need for a second hospitalization for interval tonsillectomy after needle decompression or incision and drainage.

To prevent recurrence, interval tonsillectomy may be considered 3-4 weeks after resolution of edema and symptoms.

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