Peritonsillar Abscess | Overview


What is a peritonsillar abscess?

A peritonsillar abscess (say: pair-ee-TON-sill-er AB-sess) occurs when a sore filled with pus (a thick, whitish-yellow fluid) forms near one of your tonsils. The tonsils are the oval-shaped areas of pink tissue on each side at the back of your throat.


Peritonsillar Abscess by Nicholas J. Galioto, MD (American Family Physician January 15, 2008,

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/09