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Diagnostics 2018, 8(3), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics8030050

A Novel Technique for Intraoral Ultrasound-Guided Aspiration of Peritonsillar Abscess

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery & Audiology, Rigshospitalet University Hospital, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, Zealand University Hospital, 4600 Køge, Denmark
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Received: 23 June 2018 / Revised: 30 July 2018 / Accepted: 31 July 2018 / Published: 2 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Point-of-Care Technologies in Diagnostics 2018)
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Peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is a common complication to acute tonsillitis. The treatment is drainage of the abscess, but many needle aspirations are unsuccessful due to a low diagnostic accuracy based on oral examination only. In this article, we describe how intraoral ultrasound can be added to improve the diagnostic work-up of PTA and present a novel technique for ultrasound-guided aspiration of PTA, using a small pencil-shaped transducer. We present our first clinical experiences with this technique and describe how it could be integrated in a clinical setting to guide safe and successful needle aspirations of PTA. View Full-Text
Keywords: point-of-care ultrasound; intraoral ultrasound; peritonsillar abscess; ultrasound-guided aspiration point-of-care ultrasound; intraoral ultrasound; peritonsillar abscess; ultrasound-guided aspiration
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Todsen, T.; Stage, M.G.; Holst Hahn, C. A Novel Technique for Intraoral Ultrasound-Guided Aspiration of Peritonsillar Abscess. Diagnostics 2018, 8, 50.

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