A 49-year-old member asked:
Could an abscess of the tonsills lead to spinal meningitis?
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Very unlikely: In individuals with normal immune function.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Could an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?
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Family Medicine 37 years experience
Possible: It's possible but unlikely. It can happen anytime bacteria get into the blood stream.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Will an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Rare but possible: An abscess of the tonsils is actually an abscess in the space around the tonsils, hence the correct name "peritonsillar abscess." the peritonsillar space is a potential space that is made of thin tissue layers called fascia. This space communicates directly with other deep neck spaces, including the pre vertebral space. If the infection tracks into this area, spinal meningitis can develop easily.
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Last updated Jan 27, 2014
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