Treatment of Peritonsillar Abscess in Immunosuppressed Patients

Jed H. Assam, William C. Spanos

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Peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is a common pathology in otolaryngology emergency. The treatment of PTA is usually bedside drainage or surgical removal of the tonsils (Quincy tonsillectomy) in combination with antibiotic treatment. However, patients with immune suppression might have a more difficult treatment course. Such difficulties may be further magnified within older patients. This case report will describe successful multi-modality treatment of two separate incidents of PTA developing in the context of immunosuppression. Two separate incidents of PTA occurring in immunosuppressed, thrombocytopenic, cancer patients after recent chemotherapy are presented. Early utilization of incision and drainage, antibiotics, and granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF, filgrastim) for PTA presenting in the setting of chemotherapy related neutropenia appears to be a viable option in patients with immunosuppression. Review of the current literature also demonstrates that reporting of PTA in older patients is important for future research efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-316
Number of pages3
JournalSouth Dakota medicine : the journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

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  • General Medicine


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