Synergistic necrotizing cellulitis as a complication of peritonsillar abscess

David Goldenberg, Avishay Golz, Aviram Netzer, Renee Flax-Goldenberg, Henry Zvi Joachims

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Abstract

Peritonsillar abscess, a complication of tonsillitis, is not uncommon. The usual treatment consists of needle aspiration or surgical drainage and antibiotic treatment. Tonsillectomy may be used in the management of this condition, either at the time of diagnosis or after an interval period. Severe complications of peritonsillar abscess are rare. Synergistic necrotizing cellulitis is a fulminant infection associated with spread along fascial plains, necrosis of connective tissue and muscle, and high mortality. It is usually otondogenic in origin in the cervicofacial area and occurs in debilitated or immune compromised patients. We discuss cervicofacial-necrotizing soft tissue disease and report an unusual case of extensive synergistic necrotizing cellulitis of the neck, chest, and shoulder as a result of a peritonsillar abscess.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-419
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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Peritonsillar Abscess
Cellulitis
Tonsillitis
Tonsillectomy
Connective Tissue
Needles
Drainage
Necrosis
Neck
Thorax
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Muscles
Mortality
Therapeutics
Infection

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  • Otorhinolaryngology

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In: American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, Vol. 22, No. 6, 01.01.2001, p. 415-419.

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