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Peritonsillar Abscess

A peritonsillar abscess is a collection of pus that forms in the tissues of the throat next to one of the tonsils.  It can cause pain and swelling and, if severe, can even cause blockage.  It is characterized by swelling on one side of the throat causing the uvula (piece of tissue that hangs at the back of your throat) to be pushed away from the swollen side.  A “hot potato” voice is commonly seen with a peritonsillar abscess.  Treatment is usually incision and drainage of the abscess followed by antibiotic therapy with pain relievers.