Peritonsillar abscess
A collection of pus (an abscess) behind the tonsils that pushes one of the tonsils toward the uvula (the prominent soft tissue dangling from the back of the palate in the back of the mouth). A peritonsillar abscess is generally very painful. It is usually associated with a decreased ability to open the mouth. If left untreated, the infection can spread deep in the neck causing airway obstruction and life-threatening complications.

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peri·ton·sil·lar abscess .per-ə-'tän(t)-sə-lər- n QUINSY

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an abscess in the peritonsillar tissue extending into the tonsil capsule, resulting from suppuration of the tonsil; called also quinsy.

Peritonsillar abscess. Enhanced CT cross section of neck shows the abscess as a low-density mass (asterisk) with a thick rim, in the expected location of the tonsillar pillar. The oropharynx and tongue are displaced.


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  • peritonsillar abscess — noun a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis • Syn: ↑quinsy • Hypernyms: ↑angina * * * |perə+... noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary peri + tonsillar …   Useful english dictionary

  • peritonsillar abscess — see quinsy …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Абсцесс Перитонзиллярнб1Й (Quinsy, Peritonsillar Abscess) — появление гноя в перитонзиллярном пространстве между небной миндалиной и стенкой глотки. Человека беспокоят сильные боли, ему бывает трудно открывать рот (тризм) и глотать. В процессе лечения применяются антибиотики. В некоторых случаях возникает …   Медицинские термины

  • Abscess — A local accumulation of pus anywhere in the body. The following are some examples of abscesses: {{}}A skin abscess is better known as a common boil; A peritonsillar abscess is a persistent collection of pus behind the tonsils; and A perianal… …   Medical dictionary

  • Abscess, peritonsillar — A collection of pus (an abscess) behind the tonsils that pushes one of the tonsils toward the uvula (the prominent soft tissue dangling from the back of the palate in the back of the mouth). A peritonsillar abscess is generally very painful and… …   Medical dictionary

  • circumtonsillar abscess — peritonsillar a …   Medical dictionary

  • Quinsy — Not a TV detective but an old word for a peritonsillar abscess. Whether you call it quinsy or a peritonsillar abscess, it is a collection of pus (an abscess) behind the tonsils that pushes one of the tonsils toward the uvula (the prominent soft… …   Medical dictionary

  • Паратонзиллярный абсцесс — справа …   Википедия

  • Pharyngitis — Classification and external resources Inflammed oropharynx: swollen and red. ICD 10 J …   Wikipedia

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