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Peritonsillar abscess, also called PTA or Quinsy is a common infection of the peritonsillar space. It manifests itself as a painful pus-filled inflammation of the tonsils, usually caused by a complication in tonsillitis. It can also cause great pain, felt in the throat and ear, when trying to open the mouth fully.

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  • E-Medicine Website (http://www.emedicine.com/emerg/topic417.htm)
  • Practical ENT For Primary Care Physicians web site (http://icarus.med.utoronto.ca/carr/manual/pta.html)

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NHS Direct - Health encyclopaedia -Quinsy (144 words)
Quinsy is an abscess between the back of the tonsil and the wall of the throat.
Quinsy is now rare because most people get effective treatment for tonsillitis early enough to prevent it.
The abscess that has formed has to be aspirated (the pus is sucked out) and antibiotics may be needed to prevent the infection spreading.
Quinsy - WrongDiagnosis.com (331 words)
Detailed information about the causes of Quinsy including medication causes and drug interaction causes can be found in our causes pages.
With a diagnosis of Quinsy, it is also important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Quinsy.
Underlying medical conditions are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Quinsy.
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