Bilateral peritonsillar abscess diagnosed on the basis of intraoral sonography

Matthew L Lyon, Paul Glisson, Michael Blaivas

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

28 Scopus citations


A peritonsillar abscess consists of suppuration outside the tonsillar capsule as a consequence of acute tonsillitis. Even though acute tonsillitis is a bilateral process, a peritonsillar abscess rarely occurs bilaterally. However, when it occurs bilaterally, the key clinical features of the peritonsillar abscess are absent. Specifically, uvular and palatal deviation away from the abscess will not be present. This can make the clinical diagnosis of a bilateral peritonsillar abscess difficult, leading to complications that include extension to the retropharyngeal space, rupture leading to aspiration, mediastinitis, erosion into the carotid artery, and sepsis. In the following case, intraoral sonography was used to show a bilateral peritonsillar abscess and to aid in its drainage. To our knowledge, this is the first case report describing a bilateral peritonsillar abscess shown by intraoral sonography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)993-996
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


Dive into the research topics of 'Bilateral peritonsillar abscess diagnosed on the basis of intraoral sonography'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this