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.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:28 PM