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What are risk factors for peritonsillar abscess?

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Dental infection (such as the gum infections periodontitis and gingivitis) may be a risk factor. Other risk factors include:

  • Chronic tonsillitis
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Smoking
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Stones or calcium deposits in the tonsils (tonsilloliths)

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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