Acute Bilateral Peritonsillar Abscesses

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A 14-year-old male presented to an outside emergency department (ED) 2 days after starting penicillin for a 2-week history of intermittent sore throat. He had significant odynophagia and was unable to swallow the pills. He was noted to have a temperature of 38.7°C and was in respiratory distress with stridor and tachypnea. Patient was also noted to be drooling with trismus. In the ED, he was intubated to secure the airway due to an unclear etiology. He also received dexamethasone, racemic epinephrine, and clindamycin. He was then transferred to our institution for further evaluation.


This article was published in Ear, Nose & Throat Journal.

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