Thursday, June 5, 2008

Medical Quiz - Answer

The answer to the image below is #4 - Bilateral peritonsillar abscesses
The picture (along with this one) shows swelling of the soft palate and the uvula (image below) is pushed forward by the enlarged tissue. These abscesses are a medical emergency because they can suddenly interfere with breathing and the patient can become septic. Emergency drainage of the abscess is needed, along with antibiotics to treat the infection.

Thanks for your guesses.


Anonymous said...

Interesting and fun medical quiz.
You made me think about this for a while before guessing.
Have you ever had to do the drainage for this?

Toni Brayer MD said...

Good work, Kellie. I would certainly do it in an emergency but, thus far, I have referred these (rare) patients to an ENT specialist.