Quinsy; Abscess - peritonsillar
One or both tonsils become infected. The infection may spread over the roof of the mouth (palate), and to the neck and chest, including the lungs. Swollen tissues may block the airway, which is a life-threatening medical emergency.
The abscess can break open (rupture) into the throat, infecting or further blocking the airway.
Symptoms of peritonsillar abscess include:
- Difficulty opening the mouth, and pain with opening the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
Droolingor inability to swallow saliva Facial swelling Fever Headache
- Muffled voice
- Sore throat (may be severe and is usually on one side)
- Tender glands of the jaw and throat
Signs and tests
An examination of the throat often shows swelling on one side and on the roof of the mouth.
The uvula in the back of the throat may be shifted away from the swelling. The neck and throat may be red and swollen on one or both sides.
The following tests may be done:
Aspirationof the abscess CT scan