Tuberculous Peritonsillar Abscess: A Case Report in Malaysia (Case Report)

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Tonsillitis is one of the most common presentations to the primary care clinic. Majority of the tonsillitis is viral etiology and occasionally is caused by bacteria such as streptococcal pharyngo-tonsillitis. However, if tonsillitis lasts longer than a week and associated with cervical lymph nodes, other differential diagnoses should be considered. This case report illustrated a patient who presented with fever, sore throat and odynophagia which lasted for one week then developed trismus. Examination revealed a left tonsillar hypertrophy with soft palate swelling and pus aspirated from the tonsil revealed positive smear to Acid-fast Bacilli and he responded to anti-tuberculosis treatment.

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Razali, F. , Ali, I. and Loh, K. (2019) Tuberculous Peritonsillar Abscess: A Case Report in Malaysia. International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, 8, 166-170. doi: 10.4236/ijohns.2019.85018.

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