Peritonsillar Abscess

Peritonsillar Abscess is common so be familiar with its management - Sean M. Fox

Peritonsillar Abscess

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Peritonsillar abscess drainage 3.0

Dr. Michelle Lin and Dr. Demian Szyld have created great guides for the common and important emergency medicine procedure of draining a PTA (laryngoscope lighting and spinal needle for aspiration; ultrasound localization and spinal needle guard; avoiding awkward one-handed needle aspiration). This update reviews these tricks as well as some additional techniques for optimal success in draining a PTA, while avoiding the ultimate feared complication of puncturing the carotid artery.

1. Use point of care ultrasonography (POCUS)

Using the intracavitary probe provides great views of both the abscess and the nearby vessels (figure 1). Not only does it confirm the…

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