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What are major complications of a peritonsillar abscess?

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Major complications of a peritonsillar abscess include:

  • Blocked airways
  • Abscess bleeding into a major blood vessel
  • Dehydration from trouble swallowing
  • Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Meningitis
  • Sepsis, or bacteria in the bloodstream

From: Peritonsillar Abscess WebMD Medical Reference

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Harvard Health Publishing: "Peritonsillar Abscess."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Peritonsillar Abscess."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Peritonsillar Abscess."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Peritonsillar Abscess."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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