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October 1982

Microorganisms Isolated From Peritonsillar Abscess and Indicated Chemotherapy

Author Affiliations

Toyoko Oguri; Koichi Deguchi
From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Juntendo University School of Medicine (Drs Sugita, Kawamura, Icikawa, and Fujimaki), the Bacteriology Laboratory, Juntendo University Hospital (Mr Oguri), and the Department of Bacteriology, Tokyo Clinical Research Center (Mr Deguchi), Tokyo.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(10):655-658. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790580049016

• A bacteriologic study was made of 30 patients with peritonsillar abscesses with the use of both aerobic and anaerobic culture procedures. The abscess was punctured and the pus was aspirated by a syringe with an 18-gauge needle. Aerobes and anaerobes were detected in a frequency rate of approximately 1:2. Peptostreptococcus (30.2%), group A streptococci (27.9%), Peptococcus (16.3%), and Fusobacterium (9.3%) were preponderant pathogens. Anaerobic organisms were isolated in 75% of 30 cases. Aside from group A streptococci, anaerobes play a major etiologic role in peritonsillar abscess. Penicillins or cephalosporins will provide maximum chemotherapeutic benefit.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982;108:655-658)

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