Peritonsillar abscess in children and its indication for tonsillectomy

Michael Wolf*, Jona Kronenberg, Alexander Kessler, Michaela Modan, George Leventon

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38 children aged 1-15 years treated for peritonsillar abscess (PTA) between 1976 and 1986 have been reviewed. The patients were divided into those with a history of recurrent tonsillitis prior to developing PTA (T+) (10 patients = 26.3%) and those without such history (T -) (28 patients = 73.4%). 19 patients were surgically drained, 2 abscesses ruptured spontaneously, 2 patients were treated by repeated needle aspirations and 15 patients were treated by medication only. Neither the pre-PTA history (T+ versus T -) nor the mode of treatment during the acute event showed any significant differences in comparing the recurrency rate of PTA or tonsillitis. Therefore, it seems that a single event of PTA among pediatric population should not be considered an indication for tonsillectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-117
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • Peritonsillar abscess
  • Pre-peritonsillar abscess history
  • Tonsillectomy


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