Approach to Tonsilitis

Approach to Tonsilitis

22 Feb, 3:30 PM


Patients with tonsillitis often present with a sore throat, a common symptom with a myriad of possible diagnoses. The differential diagnosis for tonsillitis is broad and includes pharyngitis, retropharyngeal abscess, epiglottitis, and Ludwig angina. Symptoms of acute tonsillitis include fever, tonsillar exudates, sore throat, and tender anterior cervical chain lymphadenopathy. Patients may also note odynophagia and dysphagia secondary to tonsillar swelling. For the majority of patients, tonsilitis is a self-limiting disease. Given the frequency of viral etiologies, the mainstay of treatment of acute tonsillitis is supportive care, including analgesia and hydration. Medications such as NSAIDs can provide symptomatic relief. Let us understand all the clinical aspects of Tonsilitis from Dr. Halwai, Consultant ENT Surgeon.

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