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What increases my risk for peritonsillar abscess?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Your risk for peritonsillar abscess (pocket of infection) increases if you suffer from tonsillitis. Your doctor might recommend a tonsillectomy to prevent peritonsillar abscess from developing. The risks for this infection are also greater for younger adults and those who have been exposed to the Group A streptococcus bacteria.

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