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Is peritonsillar abscess serious?

Peritonsillar abscess is a serious infection that can be life threatening. It may cause severe swelling of tissue in the throat leading to a blockage of the airway, interfering with a person's ability to breathe. Complications of peritonsillar abscess also include pneumonia, fluid surrounding the lungs, and inflammation near the heart.

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