A 55-year-old member asked:
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could an abscess of the tonsills lead to spinal meningitis?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Very unlikely: In individuals with normal immune function.
Answered on Jan 27, 2014

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