A 28-year-old female asked:
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how can you tell the difference between peritonsillar abcess and tonsillitis?

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Dr. Amandeep Kaur
9 years experience Family Medicine
Sore throat: peritonsillar abcess may have a very swollen and fluctuant tonsil with uvula deviated to opposite side. In tonsillitis, deviation of uvula, fluctuation are usually absent. Tonsillitis patient's throat is very red internally with exudates. Imaging may also help to differentiate. But a lot of times it may be difficult to distinguish between the two clinically.
Answered on Nov 25, 2016

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