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Can you die from tonsillitis?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Rarely: Tonsillitis is a treatable infection. Left untreated, in rare circumstances, the infection may spread to other tissues, cause septicemia and death. Tonsillitis may be followed by renal and heart disease.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Only if complication: You will not die from tonsillitis. But complications of tonsillitis can lead to very serious problems. Heart disease, kidney disease if the Streptococcus is the cause. Peritonsillar abscess can lead to complications. So if the tonsillar infection extends beyond the anatomical region of the tonsil, there can be serious life-threatening complications.

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Can I die from tonsillitis if I ignore it?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Yes: Particularly if an abscess develops. The tonsils are close to the spinal cord. An abscess in that area can be devastating, requires surgery to drain, and a lot of antibiotics. It can compromise the wind pipe and make it impossible to breathe.

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