Peritonsillar Abscess

Occasionally a tonsil infection will spread beyond the tonsil into the muscles that surrond the throat, resulting in severe one sided sore throat, and difficulty opeining the mouth. This is a medical emergency, and should be treated with great urgency. If an abscess is diagnosed, it should be drained, either by a simple drainage that can be done in the office, or treated with tonsillectomy. The latter will prevent recurrnce, which is as high as 50% in this condition.