What are the possible complications 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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Complications of peritonsillar abscess may include the following:

  • Necrotizing soft tissue infection of the neck and chest wall [24]

  • Recurrence

  • Aspiration, which may lead to pneumonia or pneumonitis

  • Cervical abscess

  • Sepsis

  • Cerebral abscess

  • Jugular vein thrombosis

  • Carotid artery rupture/necrosis

  • Carotid artery injury (from I&D or needle aspiration)

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