Which physical findings are characteristic of acute tonsillitis?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Physical examination in acute tonsillitis reveals fever and enlarged inflamed tonsils that may have exudates (see the image below).

Acute bacterial tonsillitis is shown. The tonsils Acute bacterial tonsillitis is shown. The tonsils are enlarged and inflamed with exudates. The uvula is midline.

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