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February 1984

Permucosal Needle Drainage of Peritonsillar Abscesses: A Five-Year Experience

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1984;110(2):104-105. doi:10.1001/archotol.1984.00800280038011

• Forty-one patients with proved peritonsillar abscesses were treated during a five-year period with needle aspiration as the sole initial surgical treatment. Ninety percent (37/41) of the patients' abscesses resolved without further invasive therapy. All but two of the patients were treated as outpatients. Fifty percent (21/41) of the patients were treated by nonotolaryngologists. These data indicate that outpatient needle aspiration is the simplest, most cost-effective therapy for peritonsillar abscess.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1984;110:104-105)

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