When is tonsillectomy indicated in patients with peritonsillar abscess (PTA)?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Tonsillectomy is indicated for PTA associated with chronic or recurrent tonsillitis or for exposure of the abscess in unusual cases. Newer techniques and technologies offer improved recovery and reduced complications from surgery. [30] Acute tonsillectomy is generally regarded as a safe and effective treatment of PTA. Some physicians advocate immediate tonsillectomy for younger patients with PTA. Removing "hot" tonsils (ie, those that are acutely infected) carries the expectation of higher intraoperative blood loss and a higher risk of immediate and delayed post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage.

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