What is the role of sedation and anesthesia in the surgical treatment of 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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Sedation, hydration, analgesia, and anesthesia (at the least, topical or local) are important. There may be a role for intravenous dexamethasone in reducing pain after drainage. [32] Some adults and most children require deeper levels of sedation or general anesthesia for safe and adequate aspiration or drainage. An institution with a carefully designed policy for incision and drainage of PTA with conscious sedation, including appropriate indications, staff, and criteria, may offer sedation to children.

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