Microorganisms isolated from peritonsillar abscess and indicated chemotherapy.

A bacteriologic study was made of 30 patients with peritonsillar abscesses with the use of both aerobic and anaerobic culture procedures. The abscess was punctured and the pus was aspirated by a syringe with an 18-gauge needle. Aerobes and anaerobes were detected in a frequency rate of approximately 1:2. Peptostreptococcus (30.2%), group a streptococci (27.9%), Peptococcus (16.3%), and Fusobacterium (9.3%) were preponderant pathogens. Anaerobic organisms were isolated in 75% of 30 cases. Aside from group A streptococci, anaerobes play a major etiologic role in peritonsillar abscess. Penicillins or cephalosporins will provide maximum chemotherapeutic benefit.
AuthorsR Sugita, S Kawamura, G Icikawa, Y Fujimaki, T Oguri, K Deguchi
JournalArchives of otolaryngology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960) (Arch Otolaryngol) Vol. 108 Issue 10 Pg. 655-8 (Oct 1982) ISSN: 0003-9977 [Print] UNITED STATES
PMID6982036 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Cephalosporins
  • Penicillins
  • Abscess (drug therapy, microbiology)
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cephalosporins (therapeutic use)
  • Child
  • Enterobacteriaceae Infections (microbiology)
  • Fusobacterium (isolation & purification)
  • Fusobacterium Infections (microbiology)
  • Haemophilus Infections (microbiology)
  • Haemophilus influenzae (isolation & purification)
  • Humans
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Middle Aged
  • Palatine Tonsil (microbiology)
  • Penicillins (therapeutic use)
  • Peptococcus (isolation & purification)
  • Peptostreptococcus (isolation & purification)
  • Streptococcal Infections (microbiology)
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae (isolation & purification)

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