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Will i get peritonsillar abcess if i don't have tonsils out?

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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Peritonsillar Absces: Getting a peritonsillar abscess is a very uncommon complication of acute bacterial tonsillitis. Most commonly, a peritonsillar abscess develops seven to ten days into an episode of acute tonsillitis -- an is associated with worsening painful swallowing, muffled voice, difficulty opening the mouth, and really bad breath. The presence of abscess is one reason for tonsillectomy.

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