Epidemiology, clinical history and microbiology of peritonsillar abscess

March 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

European J of Clin Microb & Inf Dis MARCH 2015 V.34 N.3 P.549-554

  1. Mazur, E. Czerwińska, I. Korona-Głowniak, A. Grochowalska & M. Kozioł-Montewka
  2. Medical Microbiology Department, Medical University of Lublin, ul. Chodźki 1, 20-093, Lublin, Poland
  3. Department of Otolaryngology, Regional Specialist Hospital in Radom, ul. Aleksandrowicza 5, 26-617, Radom, Poland
  4. Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Medical University of Lublin, ul. Chodźki 1, 20-093, Lublin, Poland
  5. Microbiological Laboratory, Regional Specialist Hospital in Radom, ul. Aleksandrowicza 5, 26-617, Radom, Poland

e-mail: E. Mazur elamazur@yahoo.com    

The purpose of this investigation was to explore the epidemiology, clinical history and microbiology of peritonsillar abscess (PTA).

A retrospective review of PTA cases treated at the Department of Otolaryngology, Regional Specialist Hospital in Radom, Poland between 1st October 2003 and 30th September 2013 was undertaken.

A total of 111 PTA patients were admitted. The study population consisted of 57.7 % males and 42.3 % females, with an average age of 31.0 (range 5–78) years. Smokers comprised 22.0 % of the study group.

The seasonal variation of PTA was statistically insignificant (p=0.45).

Recurrent tonsillitis occurred in 35.5 % of patients. In comparison with the rest of the study population, patients with a history of recurrent pharyngotonsillitis had higher incidence of previous PTA episodes [odds ratio (OR) 17.8, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 2.1–148.7, p=0.001].

Also, they were more frequently treated with antibiotics prior to hospitalisation (OR 4.6, 95 % CI 2.0–10.9, p=0.0005) and had significantly longer hospital stay (p=0.03).

Bacterial cultures of abscess aspirates were performed in 40.5 % of patients. Monomicrobial growth was detected in 77.8 % of aerobic cultures. Streptococcus pyogenes, growing most frequently in monoculture, was found in 28.9 % of aerobic cultures.

PTA patients with and without recurrent pharyngotonsillitis differed with regard to clinical history and course of disease.

The percentage of smokers among PTA patients was lower than that described in the literature. Monomicrobial growth predominated in PTA aspirate cultures. S. pyogenes proved to be the most frequent pathogen.

abstract

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