Peritonsillar Abscess in Early Childhood: Presentation and Management

by Dr. Rande Lazar on June 16, 2009

About Dr. Rande Lazar

Dr. Rande Lazar is a Memphis-based Otolaryngologist and founder of Otolaryngology Consultants, an ear, nose, and throat practice located in Memphis, TN. Dr. Lazar is an ear, nose, and throat specialist, with a primary focus in pediatrics. He has a vast amount of experience treating sinus infections, respiratory infections, tonsil infections, ear infections, throat infections, sleep disorders, and many other areas of otolaryngology. Dr. Rande Lazar routinely performs surgery for both adult and pediatric sleep and sinus disorders. Alongside his years of expertise in respiratory disorders, sleep disorders, and sinus disorders, Dr. Lazar also treats a wide range of head and neck problems, including pediatric larynx (voice box) and hearing problems.

Article Abstract:

Children younger than 5 years who present with poor oral intake, high fever, drooling and trismus should be suspected of having a peritonsillar abscess. A computed tomographic scan of the neck is usually required to confirm a suspected diagnosis. Prompt diagnosis and treatment will lead to a considerable decrease in morbidity. Immediate tonsillectomy is a safe and effective means of abscess drainage.

Read the full article as a PDF here: Peritonsillar Abscess in Early Childhood

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