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June 1934


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;19(6):710-711. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03790060059008

Peritonsillar abscess in children is rare, and in infancy it is particularly rare, so that its occurrence in an infant 9 weeks of age is deemed worthy of report. In a search of the literature no record has been found of typical quinsy in so young an infant.

REPORT OF CASE  I. B., born en July 6, was taken ill on September 11, with fretfulness, fever and a swelling at the angle of the jaw on the right side. The symptoms continued, and the swelling at the angle of the jaw increased. There was no respiratory distress or dysphagia. The patient was first seen on September 14 by Dr. Joseph Weiner, who made a diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess and referred the case to me. An examination of the throat showed a typical picture of peritonsillar abscess on the right side. Inspection and palpation showed no evidence of a retropharyngeal abscess.

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