What causes peritonsillar abscess?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Peritonsillar abscess is one of the most common throat infections. It is usually caused by a type of bacteria called Group A streptococcus. The infection is a complication of tonsillitis, or inflammation of the throat.

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