What is the prognosis 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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Uncomplicated, treated peritonsillar abscess has a resolution rate of 94%. In the United States, the recurrence rate is 10%, regardless of whether a patient is treated with needle aspiration or incision and drainage. [16] The rate of recurrence jumps to 15% internationally.


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