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Peritonsillar Abscess

Peritonsillar abscess in children most commonly presents in adolescents with an antecedent sore throat. Often there is a period of improvement prior to the onset of progressive worsening symptoms. Peritonsillar abscess may rarely occur in the younger child. Most commonly, patients appear acutely ill with fevers, chills, dysphagia, trismus, drooling, or a muffled or hot potato voice. When present, trismus is thought to be due to secondary inflammation of the neighboring pterygoid muscles. These children may have ipsilateral ear pain and torticollis. Torticollis may represent an attempt to relax the ipsilateral sternocleidomastoid muscle so as to decrease pressure on the peritonsillar space. Careful visualization of the oral cavity is a must to reliably rule out this infection. The majority of cases will involve the superior aspect of the peritonsillar space, which can lead to discovery with meticulous examination. This may be nearly impossible in the young child with trismus. Diagnosis...

Posttonsillectomy And Adenoidectomy Bleeding

Tonsillectomy with and without adenoidectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. 21 It is estimated that 750,000 tonsillectomies with or without adenoidectomies are performed annually.22 Since this surgery has become an outpatient procedure, complications that were previously evident in the hospital are now presenting to the emergency department. Postoperative bleeding is a well-known complication that can lead to death from airway obstruction or hemorrhagic shock. Estimates of the incidence of posttonsillectomy hemorrhage range from 1 to 10 percent. 2123

Airborne transmission strep throat

Streptococcal pharyngitis, commonly known as strep throat, is one of the commonest bacterial diseases of humans, being particularly common in children of school age. The primary means of transmission is by the inhalation from coughs and sneezes of respiratory droplets containing Streptococcus pyogenes (p-haemolytic type A streptococci), although other routes (kissing, infected handkerchiefs) are possible. The primary symptoms are a red and raw throat (and or tonsils), accompanied by headaches and fever. S. pyogenes attaches to the throat mucosa, stimulating an inflammatory response and secreting virulence factors that destroy host blood cells. Although self-limiting within a week or so, strep throat should be treated with penicillin or erythromycin as more serious streptococcal diseases such as scarlet fever and rheumatic fever may follow if it is left untreated.

Ear Nose and Throat Surgery Tonsillectomy

Tube Retraction Tonsilectomy

Anaesthesia for tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy requires defence of the shared airway from blood and debris. This necessarily involves endotracheal intubation after induction, which may be gaseous or IV. If an uncuffed tube is used in the child patient, a suitable pack (ribbon gauze, for example) should be placed around the laryngeal additus to protect the larynx from contamination of blood and saliva. Use of a Boyle-Davis gag (Figure SI.3) will prevent compression of the tube during surgical positioning. Having decided upon intubation, IPPV should be used and commonly a non depolarising relaxant, opioid, vapour combination is used for the maintenance of anaesthesia. Extubation should be undertaken in the head down lateral position after adequate pharyngeal suction. There are two choices for timing of this event, while the patient is still deep or after protective reflexes have returned. The latter is more common today. Blood loss should be particularly carefully assessed...


Tonsils are small masses of lymphoid tissues, one lying on either side of the back of the mouth. They work like guards, intercepting all micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses, etc.) that happen to enter the nose or the mouth and preventing them from going deeper into the body. In turn, the tonsils themselves become inflammed (termed tonsillitis) causing pain in the throat, difficulty in swallowing and sometimes fever. Tonsillitis is mainly a childhood problem, seen only occasionally in adults. A common way of treating swollen tonsils is to remove them by surgery. This operation, called tonsillectomy, is considered the bread and butter of ENT surgeons. Indeed, millions of tonsillectomies are performed every year by doctors who make gullible parents to believe that tonsils are potent sources of infection and unless removed, may cause repeated attacks of colds, cough, sore throat, etc. In cities, very few children reach their teens with the tonsils intact. However, numerous studies...

Evaluation Of A Pediatric Airway

The first step in evaluating a pediatric airway is a directed history and physical examination. The time course of the present episode should be determined, as should a history of any recent fever, cough, or sore throat. Any history of previous airway problems should be elicited. If time permits, the history should include a review of the antenatal and perinatal periods, with an emphasis on feeding or sleeping difficulties. Any history of snoring or noisy breathing, recurrent croup or upper respiratory infections, or cyanosis or coughing during feedings should alert the clinician to the possibility of an abnormal airway.

Immune responses of the host

Persistently infected cats mount both cell-mediated and humoral immune responses but fail to clear the virus promptly. The reasons for this are unknown. The tonsils are the major site of persistence but tonsillectomy does not cure the infection and other lymphoid tissue may be involved feline T lympho-blastoid cell lines have been persistently infected with FCV. Persistence may be lifelong but some studies imply a half-life of approximately 75 days, with animals spontaneously eliminating the virus.

Radioactive Iodine Therapy

Radioactive iodine has been used for the treatment of toxic goiter, however its use in the management of the patients with a non-toxic goiter is a recent event. In 1964 Keiderling first reported the benefits of radioactive iodine therapy in non-toxic goiter in 400 patients. Since then there have been sporadic reports of similar use. Its use in substernal goiter had not been evaluated until 1994 when Huysmans et al reported a prospective study of patients with large compressive goiters.11 Nine of their 19 patients had intrathoracic extension for more than 2 cm. Using MRI they were able to demonstrate a 40 reduction in the volume of the goiter. They also showed a 10 decrease in both the tracheal narrowing and deviation in three-quarters of their patients. Unfortunately, one-third of their patients did not experience any improvement in their symptoms of dyspnea. Radiotherapy is not without its potential complications. Radiation induced thyroiditis and a transient increase in volume may...

Primary Infection and Infectious Mononucleosis

Infection with EBV is widespread and the prevalence of the virus in Western populations is more than 90 . The virus primarily spreads via the oral route (saliva) and at a time, approximately half of the asymptomatic virus carriers shed EBV. In nonindustrialized nations, primary infection takes place between 2 and 5 years of age and is mostly asymptomatic. However, infection later in life increases the risk to develop infectious mononucleosis (IM), which is a transient and self-limiting lymphoproli-ferative disease characterized by lymphadenopathy, highgrade fever, hepatosplenomegaly, and pharyngitis or tonsillitis. 3 Atypical mononuclear cells and an inverted ratio of CD4+ vs. CD8+ cells are hematological markers of IM. Generally, IM lasts for 4 to 6 weeks, eventually establishing an asymptomatic persistent infection.

Background Definition

Acute inflammatory forms of psoriasis may develop de novo or may complicate existing chronic plaque psoriasis. Acute guttate psoriasis characteristically affects children and young adults following streptococcal infection.2 Typically, showers of tiny red papules (likened to raindrops or guttae) erupt over large areas of the skin surface 1-2 weeks after an episode of acute streptococcal pharyngitis or tonsillitis. Erythrodermic and generalised pustular psoriasis are uncommon but severe and potentially life-threatening forms of psoriasis they may be complicated by high-output cardiac failure, temperature dysregulation and septicaemia, particularly in the elderly.

Management Of Ebvassociated Diseases

Most cases of infectious mononucleosis do not require therapeutic intervention. In cases of clinically severe IM and life-threatening forms of SCAEBV, intravenous application of the nucleoside analog acyclovir or gancy-clovir may be necessary to reduce active viral replica-tion. 4 In addition, but not alone, antiphlogistic drugs to reduce the unspecific effects of the cellular immune response may be beneficial. Tonsillectomy is frequently used and was found to reduce symptoms of IM possibly

Stridor in Children above 6 Months of

The patient above 6 months of age with a relatively short duration of symptoms (hours to days) characteristically has an acquired cause of stridor. Causes are either inflammatory, such as viral croup or epiglottitis, or noninflammatory, such as a foreign-body aspiration. The remainder of the chapter deals with the most common acquired causes of stridor epiglottitis, peritonsillar abscess, viral croup, foreign-body aspiration, retropharyngeal abscess, and bacterial tracheitis ( Table 1.2.9-2).

Rheumatic valve disease

In the USA, in the mid 1980s the medical community was surprised by the resurgence of a disease that had been considered to have virtually disappeared. Although the first outbreak was documented in the Intermountain area,1 a nationwide survey of paediatric cardiologists indicated that a definite increase in rheumatic valve disease had occurred in 24 states. The resurgence was very intense in certain areas, where the incidence was similar to that occurring in the early 1960s. After the outbreak, a general decline in new cases was observed, but the disease did not totally disappear. Some disturbing features of the outbreak were that in the majority of cases there was not the antecedent of a sore throat, and that in some patients who had the typical symptomatology, Unfortunately, the notion that rheumatic fever is a disease of the poor and the underprivileged is still true at the beginning of the new millennium. The absence of factors that account for the sharp decline ofthe disease in...

Phylum Firmicutes The low GC Grampositive bacteria

Pathogenic species of Streptococcus include S. pyogenes ('strep' sore throat, as well as the more serious rheumatic fever), S. pneumoniae (pneumococcal pneumonia) and S. mutans (tooth decay). Cells of Streptococcus exist mostly in chains, but in S. pneu-moniae they are characteristically paired.

Problems Of The Appendix

Puttingforth the argument that a swollen appendix may burst into the abdomen causing grave complications, surgeons usually remove the appendix. In medical circles, it is jokingly said that Appendicectomy is to a general surgeon what tonsillectomy is to a ENT surgeon bread and butter.

Streptococcal Pharyngitis

Notwithstanding the definition of FP as causing GE, streptococcal sore throat with fever has been well documented to spread in this way. Usually, a food handler has a streptococcus group A in his or her throat, which may or may not be causing symptoms, and transfers this to a food that is then left in a warm environment for some time before

Clinical Stages Of Hiv Infection

Illness, usually goes unrecognized but is reported to occur in 50 to 90 percent of patients. 5 The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is usually 2 to 4 weeks, and the most common symptoms include fever, sore throat, fatigue, myalgias, and weight loss. Many experts now argue that it is beneficial to identify patients at this early stage because it may be the optimal time to begin antiretroviral therapy. The best method of establishing a diagnosis during this window (when HIV antibody serologic test results are usually negative or indeterminant) is by quantitative analysis of plasma HIV RNA. Acute infection is associated with high-level HIV RNA viremia and a precipitous decline in CD4 cell counts, reflecting ongoing destruction of the host immune response. Acute symptoms last an average of 2 weeks, with clinical recovery accompanied by a significant reduction in HIV RNA levels and a moderate increase in CD4 counts.

Nonstreptococcal Pharyngitis

ETIOLOGY Most cases of acute pharyngitis in children are caused by viral infections. Examples include adenovirus, Epstein-Barr virus (see below), influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, rhinovirus, herpes simplex virus, and enterovirus. Although many of these viruses cause symptoms in addition to sore throat and fever, such as cough, coryza, conjunctivitis, or mucosal ulcerations, some viral infections can be clinically difficult to distinguish from GABHS. N. gonorrhoeae is an infrequent but important cause of pharyngitis in sexually active adolescents. Gonococcal pharyngitis in younger children strongly suggests child sexual abuse. Gonococcal pharyngitis may either be asymptomatic or cause very mild symptoms with occasional exudative tonsillitis and or cervical lymphadenopathy. Pharyngeal throat swabs should be plated on Thayer-Martin medium to recover the organism. Rectal and vaginal or urethral cultures as well as serum to test for syphilis and hepatitis B should be obtained whenever...

Clinical history and physical examination

The combination of various elements from the history and physical examination has also been evaluated in terms of its ability to accurately predict pneumonia. Diehr et al.15 assigned points based on the presence of each of the following findings rhinorrhoea (- 2 points) sore throat (- 1 point) night sweats (+ 1 point) myalgias (+ 1 point) Sputum production Myalgias Rhinorrhea Sore throat

TABLE 1153 Differential Diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure Based on Age of Presentation

COR PULMONALE If an infant presents in pure right-sided congestive heart failure, the primary problem is most likely to be pulmonary in origin. Hepatomegaly and anasarca may be present, but most often, in early stages, lid edema is the first noticeable sign. Moreover, the lid edema is likely to be appreciated by the parents more than by the physician and must be specifically searched for on examination. Often it will have to be elicited by asking Do your child's eyes look puffy If the underlying problem is bronchopulmonary dysplasia resulting from prematurity and infantile respiratory distress syndrome, the infant may already be on appropriate home oxygenation and diuretic therapy. Upper airway obstruction from hypertrophied adenoidal and tonsillar tissue can produce cor pulmonale, presenting as edema or anasarca. The clinical features of airway obstruction, however, are subtle a careful history will reveal continuous mouth breathing while awake and sleeping, with or without snoring....

Auricularia spp Wood Ear Mushroom

Auricularia Spp China

The species of Auricularia, commonly known as wood ear mushroom, are morphologically and, above all, texturally quite distinct from other mushrooms. With typical ear like morphology with cartilaginous texture and gelatinous surface, these are liked as well as disliked at the same time by different people. This mushroom is very popular in China and Southeast Asia but does not seem to attract western consumers. It has been reported to possess many medicinal attributes treatment of piles, sore throat, anemia and hypocholesterolemic effect (Quimio et al. 1990 Royse 1997). Out of about 10 recognized species of Auricularia two main commercially cultivated species are A. auricula and A. polytricha, the former is thin and light coloured while the latter is the thicker, longer, hairy, and darker. A. fuscosuccinea is also produced on a limited scale. Thailand and Taiwan are the main producers of this mushroom.

Primary Sleep Disorders In Patients With Epilepsy

The impact of treatment for OS AS on seizures was reported in 10 epileptic children treated with tonsillectomy (8), tracheostomy (1), and CPAP (1) (Koh et al., 1997). Seizure frequency improved in six cases. After one year of treatment, the mean seizure frequency decreased from 1 or 2 per month to one seizure every 4 months.

Disorders Of The Neck And Upper Airway

Peritonsillar Abscess This chapter discusses common infections and the most important conditions that can obstruct the upper airway. The upper airway infections are pharyngitis, epiglottitis, peritonsillar abscess, and retropharyngeal abscess. Noninfectious conditions that can obstruct the airway are posttonsillectomy bleeding, caustic ingestion, foreign bodies, and laryngeal trauma.

Chapter References

Blokmanis A Ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of peritonsillar abscesses. J Otolaryngol 23 260, 1994. 21. Cressman WR, Meyer CM Management of tonsillectomy hemorrhage Results of a survery of pediateric otolaryngology fellowship programs. Am J Otolaryngol 16 29, 1995. 23. Steketee KE, Reisdorff EJ Emergency care of post tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy hemorrhage. Am J Emerg Med 13 518, 1995. 24. Chowdhury K, Tewfik TL, Schloss MD Post tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy hemorrhage. J Otolaryngol 17 46, 1988. 25. Kristensen S, Tveteras K Post tonsillectomy hemorrhage A retrospective study of 1150 operations. Clin Otolaryngol 9 347, 1984.

Postinfectious Glomerulonephritis

Meningioma Cell Line Picture

A large number of bacterial, viral, and mycotic infections may be followed by acute glomerulonephritis. Especially after bacterial and viral infections, a proliferative form of glomerulonephritis occurs (2). In parasitic infections membranous or membranoproliferative forms are seen more often, with in general a worse prognosis. However, most cases of acute postinfectious glomerulonephritis are caused by group A streptococci and follow upper airway infections, such as pharyngitis or tonsillitis, by 14 to 21 days (3). Especially in warmer climates acute glomerulonephri-tis may also follow after skin infections. In recent decades the number of patients with poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis has decreased considerably in the United States and Europe. In the Western world, staphylococ-cus or gram-negative bacteria are now more often the cause of acute postinfectious glomerulonephritis than is streptococcus (4). In other parts of the world the incidence of poststreptococcal...

Epsteinbarr Virus Infectious Mononucleosis

Following the asymptomatic incubation, EBV can produce a wide array of illnesses. Classic infectious mononucleosis is manifested by fever, exudative pharyngitis, lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, and an atypical lymphocytosis. Infants and young children frequently have asymptomatic infections. A prodrome of malaise, fatigue, and fever may be present for several days before the onset of the symptoms in classic mononucleosis. An elevated liver transaminase level is uniformly found in mononucleosis. Hepatomegaly and jaundice are unusual in children and young adults, but common in older adults. A severe sore throat is a common presenting complaint, and the appearance may be of a severe bilateral exudative tonsillitis pharyngitis. Bilateral tender cervical adenopathy is virtually universal. At some point in the illness, approximately half of the patients will have palpable splenomegaly. Splenomegaly is most prominent during week 2 of illness and then resolves over the next 1 to 2 weeks. The...

Pathology Pathogenesis and Carcinogenesis

The major risk factor for developing differentiated thyroid carcinoma is exposure to low-level external radiation. Enlargement of the thymus, scalp ringworm, recurrent tonsillitis, cervical adenopathy, facial acne and other head and neck disorders were commonly treated with 100-1500 cGy of external radiation from 1940 until the late 1960s. A dramatic increase in the diagnosis of differentiated thyroid carcinoma, predominately papillary carcinoma, resulted from these treatments and displayed an average latency period of 5 years from exposure to diagnosis. Young patients exposed between the ages of 5 and 15 seem to be at highest risk for developing radiation-associated thyroid carcinoma.6 This risk, which is increased after radiation exposure of as little as 10 cGy, is highest at 20 years after exposure and declines gradually thereafter. These same observations have been seen in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bomb, in Nevada and in the Marshall Islands after atomic bomb testing...

Retropharyngeal Abscess

Although a retropharyngeal abscess is relatively uncommon, it occurs most frequently in very young children. The majority of children treated for this infection are younger than 12 months of age, and almost one-third of cases occur in children less than 6 months of age.17 There is a higher incidence of retropharyngeal abscess in young children because of the prominence of several lymph nodes in the space between the posterior pharyngeal wall and the prevertebral fascia. By 3 to 4 years of age, these lymph nodes atrophy and are no longer functional.17 Predisposing factors for the development of a retropharyngeal abscess include a penetrating foreign body, such as a nasogastric tube or nasotracheal tube trauma pharyngitis tonsillitis otitis media nasal or dental procedures and tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. Signs and symptoms include fever, dysphagia, neck pain, limitation of cervical motion, cervical lymphadenopathy, sore throat, poor feeding, muffled voice, and difficulty breathing....

TABLE 1192 Standards for Tachypnea in Infants and Children

Typical clinical presentations have been described for some specific pathogens. Pneumonia due to S. aureus is notorious for being particularly rapid in the progression of clinical findings. Patients with B. pertussis pneumonia typically develop prodromal symptoms, including mild cough, conjunctivitis, and coryza, that lasts 1 to 2 weeks. A severe, paroxysmal cough often associated with emesis and dehydration, because coughing prevents eating and drinking, is characteristic of the catarrhal phase of pertussis infections. The inspiratory whoop is generally present only in older children. A history of maternal pelvic or conjunctival chlamydial infection is present in up to 50 percent of cases in which the infant develops C. trachomatis pneumonia. An infant with a chlamydial infection is usually afebrile, has a distinct staccato cough (i.e., short, abrupt onset), and diffuse rales on auscultation. Such infants rarely appear systemically ill. Chlamydial pneumonia in adolescents is usually...

Procedures Producing Bacteremia

Streptococcal bacteremia can also occur via manipulation of other mucosal surfaces lining the upper respiratory tract (e.g., tonsillectomy 60-62 , mastoidectomy 63 , septoplasty 64 ). Although the use of a rigid bronchoscope is suggested to be a potential bacteremic-inducing procedure via mucosal damage and for which prophylaxis is recommended 39,40,56,65 , there is no literature to support this opinion. In fact, one prospective nonrandomized clinical 1. Tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy

Fusobacterium Infection And Immunity

Elevated antibodies to protein antigens of F. nucleatum were found in patients with periodontal disease, peritonsillar cellulitis and abscesses, infectious mononucleosis and acute streptococcal, nonstrepto-coccal and recurrent tonsillitis. It is possible that the increase in antibodies to these outer membrane proteins - which may contribute to bacterial attachment - may signify a potential direct or indirect pathogenic role for this organism in these infections. F. necrophorum (divided into two biovars, A and B) is part of the normal gastrointestinal flora of herbivores and other species, and can cause endogenous infection in these hosts as well as in humans. Necrobiosis in humans (generally due to biovar B) is a throat infection followed by systemic spread and metastatic abscesses. Necrobacillosis infections in animals (generally due to biovar A) are usually polymicrobial and include coagulative necrosis and abscesses and can cause mortality. Necrobacillosis generally occurs in the...

Clinical Features

Tingling Vermilion Border

ORAL HSV HSV-1 primarily causes oral lesions, but may cause genital infection. HSV-2 causes identical lesions, but primarily genital, and may cause oral lesions. The primary oral infection of HSV-1 is often mild or asymptomatic. In children under age 5, it may present as a pharyngitis or gingivostomatitis associated with fever and cervical lymphadenopathy. The lesions are distributed throughout the mouth, unlike the limited posterior involvement of herpangina. Admission of the young may be necessary due to poor oral intake and dehydration. In teenagers and young adults, there may simply be a posterior pharyngitis or tonsillitis. The primary lesions generally last 1 to 2 weeks. The diagnosis is largely clinical. Viral cultures take days to weeks to be performed and thus are of little use in an emergency department setting. The use of intravenous (IV) acyclovir at a dose of 5 mg kg has been recommended for severe gingivostomatitis that requires admission and IV hydration. 10 Oral...

Dietary Sources High Intakes and Antimetabolites

The greatest interest, in pharmacological terms, has been centered around nicotinic acid, which has been shown to have marked antihyperlipidemic properties at daily doses of 2-6 g. Nicotinamide does not share this particular pharmacological activity. Large doses of nicotinic acid reduce the mobilization of fatty acids from adipose tissue by inhibiting the breakdown of triacylglycerols through lipolysis. They also inhibit hepatic triacylglycerol synthesis, thus limiting the assembly and secretion of very low-density lipoproteins from the liver and reducing serum cholesterol levels. Large doses of nicotinic acid ameliorate certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease for instance they increase circulating high-density lipoprotein levels. The ratio of HDL2 to HDL3 is increased by nicotinic acid there is a reduced rate of synthesis of apolipoprotein A-II and a transfer of some apolipoprotein A-I from HDL3 to HDL2. These changes are all considered potentially beneficial in reducing the...

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

There are numerous oral manifestations of HIV infection. Primary HIV infection, occurring from 1 to 6 weeks after contact, is an acute viral syndrome but may have associated intraoral findings such as a sore throat, mucosal erythema, and focal ulceration. Persistent generalized lymphadenopathy, particularly of the cervical lymph nodes, is present in 70 percent of otherwise asymptomatic HIV-infected patients. The presentation of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is highly variable, and numerous oral manifestations can occur. Oropharyngeal candidiasis is the most common oral finding and may lead to the initial diagnosis of AIDS. HIV-related gingivitis is distinctive, presenting as a 2- to 3-mm linear band of erythema along the gingival free margin. Periodontitis among the HIV-infected population is common and usually more aggressive and painful in its presentation. Such necrotizing periodontitis is distinguished from acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, which is also a...

TABLE 1372 Clinical Features of Genital Ulcers

This stage, which occurs 3 to 6 weeks after the end of the primary stage, includes nonspecific symptoms such as sore throat, malaise, fever, and headaches. Rash and lymphadenopathy are the most common symptoms. The rash often starts on the trunk and flexor surfaces, spreading to the palms and soles. It takes on many forms but is often dull red and papular. This stage also resolves spontaneously.

B cell deficiency diseases

The physiological importance of B cell function is revealed by diseases that result from selective B cell deficiencies and consequent lack of antibodies (agammaglobulinemia). Bruton's agammaglobulinemia (XLA) is an X-linked defect in B cell maturation in humans, with arrest at the Pre-B I stage and a resulting deficiency in all immunoglobulin classes. A corresponding B cell maturation defect, the Xid mutation, also occurs in CBA N mice. In male children with XLA, the maturation block results from deficiency of a B cell-specific protein tyrosine kinase, btk. With a profound lack of mature B cells but normal T cells, these children are particularly susceptible to infections by bacteria, mycoplasma, hepatitis virus and enteroviruses. They have recurrent middle ear infection, pneumonia, sinusitis and tonsillitis caused by Pneumococcus, Streptococcous and Hemophilus. Problems with infection begin several months after birth, when the pool of protective maternal antibody decreases. XLA...

ENT and Dental Surgery

ENT surgery requires a shared airway, typical procedures being tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, where the surgeon is both operating in the airway and causing bleeding from it Adenoidectomy in isolation requires the airway to be maintained via the mouth, either by tracheal tube or laryngeal mask. Suction clearance of the mouth at the end of the procedure should be carried out under direct vision. Tonsillectomy in isolation may be carried out using either a naso-tracheal tube or, as suggested recently a laryngeal mask airway, although this remains controversial against securing the airway with endotracheal intubation (oral or nasal). Suction at the end must again be carried out under direct vision but gently so as not to disturb the tonsillar bed. In both of these cases post operative analgesia should be provided parenterally before the recovery phase. There are advocates of both spontaneous and controlled ventilation for these procedures. Anaesthesia for myringotomy or suction...

Sequelae of Anaesthesia

Complications occurring after surgery result from a combination of patient, surgical, and anaesthetic factors. Morbidity directly attributable to anaesthetic practice is often relatively minor, e.g. post operative sore throat, but can result in permanent disability, e.g. hypoxic brain damage. An increasing number of medico-legal claims are made against anaesthetists each year which highlight the virtues of diligence, attention to detail and continued observation throughout the administration of anaesthesia and into the post operative period. Up to 50 of patients complain of post operative sore throat. This may be related to tracheal intubation although it is often associated with airway or laryngeal mask insertion, nasogastric tube placement, and administration of dry gases.

Mycoplasma Infections

Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections are a common cause of pneumonia, upper respiratory infections, and bronchitis in children between 5 and 19 years of age. The most frequent presenting clinical findings in children and adults are fever, cough, sore throat, malaise, headache, chills, and rash. An erythematous maculopapular rash, the most frequent presentation, is located on the trunk and may be discrete or confluent. However, the most frequently reported exanthem is consistent with erythema multiforme and Stevens-Johnson syndrome, with lesions occurring primarily on the trunk, legs, and arms. The rash occurs most commonly during the febrile period. An enanthem of generalized ulcerative stomatitis or pharyngitis-tonsillitis associated with the exanthem is common. The diagnosis can be confirmed by the use of either serum cold agglutinins or several specific antibody tests.

TABLE 2351 Causes of Pharyngitis

Endemic year-round GABHS pharyngitis has its peak occurrence in the late winter and early spring.1 After an incubation period of 2 to 5 days, patients develop the sudden onset of sore throat, painful swallowing, chills, and fever. Headache, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain are common associated symptoms. All types of pharyngitis can lead to suppurative complications, including cervical lymphadenitis, peritonsillar abscess, retropharyngeal abscess, sinusitis, and otitis media.

TABLE 1414 Natural History of Clinical Rabies in Humans

During the prodromal period, the symptoms and signs of rabies are often nonspecific. They include fever, sore throat, chills, malaise, anorexia, headache, nausea, vomiting, dyspnea, cough, and weakness. Early in the course some patients may report symptoms suggestive of rabies such as limb pain, limb weakness, and paresthesias at or near the presumed exposure site. Nonspecific neurologic symptoms may be reported including apprehension, anxiety, agitation, irritability, depression, and psychiatric disturbances.

The Challenge Of Integrating Genomic Innovation

Applied to genetic issues, however, these techniques are less useful and may even contribute to failure to detect genetic involvement or appropriately consider genetic influences, thereby resulting in misdiagnosis or mistreatment. Specific characteristics of genetics thwart the clinical utility of these clinical reasoning strategies that are designed to identify observable pathology (phenotype), determine a proximate cause (diagnosis), and prescribe appropriate treatment and management. In particular, scientists determined that one gene can affect more than one trait (pleiotropy), that any single trait can be affected by more than one gene, and that the majority of traits are affected by environmental factors as well as by other genes. Identifying the cause of a clinical symptom (or trait) is then far more complicated than identifying a symptom or determining that a number of symptoms indicate the presence of disease. Furthermore, determining the clinical significance of any genetic...

Other Streptococcal Infections

Although Streptococcus pyogenes is found in the upper respiratory tract of many people, sometimes (virulent strains or weakened hosts) it causes the disease known as strep throat. In addition to a sore throat, this may lead to tonsillitis, and in some cases ear infections (otitis media). If not treated, some strains produce a toxin leading to damage of small blood vessels, a fever, and a rash, a disease known as scarlet fever. A few strains may produce rheumatic fever, which can lead to heart, kidney, and joint damage.

Disorders Of Alertness

Fatigue is a deficit in alertness, which is a normal response following physical or mental exertion and instructs the body to rest and repair. Fatigue is a symptom of many illnesses, which reflects in part the importance of rest in recuperation from illness. However, there are occasions, such as after resting, when fatigue is inappropriate and, when alertness is required, debilitating. If such unexplained fatigue is persistent and is accompanied by other symptoms (such as sleeping problems, depression, concentration or memory problems, headache, sore throat, swelling of the lymph nodes, and muscle or joint pain) it is likely to be diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Clinical Presentation

Polio infection remains asymptomatic in over 90 percent of cases. The majority a symptomatic polio infections involve only a minor viral illness that causes no paralysis, termed abortive polio. After an incubation period of a few days, symptoms may include fever, malaise, headache, sore throat, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Some of the patients who experience the minor viral illness, especially young children, may develop aseptic meningitis as the infection resolves. Only 1 to 2 percent of all poliovirus infections result in the major illness associated with neurologic involvement. Often there is resolution of the minor viral illness symptoms prior to development of neurologic symptoms, such that it is difficult to identify the preceding minor viral illness. Muscle pain, stiffness, and weakness during the early viral syndrome may suggest the later occurrence of paralysis. Because exercise can exacerbate the severity of the subsequent paralysis, patients with these symptoms suspected...

Key Symptoms

Abdominal pain can be a manifestation of a variety of disease states not necessarily related to the intestinal tract. 23 The origin of the pain may be extraabdominal, such as one might see in a 3- to 6-year old with tonsillitis or pneumonia. Therefore, a careful general physical examination is necessary. One should distinguish between two types of pain peritonitic and obstructive

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms most commonly found in patients with retropharyngeal abscess are, individually, not specific for this disease, but, taken together, they point toward the correct diagnosis. Although the symptoms are not commonly recognized in preverbal children, older children will complain of sore throat and most have a history of high fever. Other symptoms include dysphagia, decreased oral intake, and stiff neck.

Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a mild inflammatory exanthem of unknown cause. The available evidence suggests a viral etiology. Pityriasis rosea affects all age groups but occurs most commonly in patients 10 to 35 years old. It tends to occur in spring and fall but not in epidemics. Pityriasis rosea is not contagious. A pityriasis rosea-like eruption has been associated with some drugs and viruses. Occasionally there are prodromal symptoms including malaise, headache, sore throat, fatigue, and arthralgia.

Otitis Externa

DIAGNOSIS The hardest part of the diagnosis is to distinguish between OE and otitis media. Ideally, clinical inspection of the TM with a pneumatic otoscope helps establish the diagnosis however, the TM of a child with OE may be as red and distorted as that of a child with otitis media, although mobility of the TM is normal or slightly decreased in OE. In addition, visualization of the TM may be difficult because of edema of the canal in OE. Tympanometry can be helpful if the canal is clear and a tight seal for the earpiece can be formed without too much discomfort. Parotitis, periauricular adenitis, mastoiditis, dental pain, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction should be considered when the discomfort is poorly localized and the ear canal and TM appear normal. In addition, pain can be referred from pharyngitis or tonsillitis, but such pain is often made worse by swallowing or eating. Foreign bodies in the ear can also cause OE. 21


Acute glomerulonephritis is the term applied to a wide range of renal disease, in which an immunological mechanism triggers inflammation and proliferation of glomerular tissue. The condition can occur following a streptococcal throat infection and may present as a sudden onset of haematuria


Acute tonsillitis may sometimes be complicated by abscess formation. Quinsy, which is peritonsillar abscess, commonly follows inadequately treated acute tonsillitis. Patients with quinsy typically present with fever and progressive sore throat that becomes localized to one side. Some degree of trismus will be present due to irritation of the pterigoid muscles by the abscess. Examination will reveal a unilateral tonsillar swelling with red-hot mucosa. The diagnosis is confirmed when pus is obtained by fine needle aspiration (FNA). The pus should be sent for microbiological work-up. The treatment should consist of high-dose intravenous penicillin and I&D of the abscess. It is important that the site of the abscess is well localized by FNA, as the carotid artery may be pushed forward by the abscess and be injured by during I&D of the abscess. The response to treatment is usually prompt. If progress is slow, the cause has to be determined. Additional anaerobic cover should be added or the...

Acute supraglottis

(Hib) and affect almost exclusively paediatric patients. However with universal vaccination against Hib in developed countries, supraglottitis-affecting adults have increasingly been reported in the recent literature. In children, the condition usually presents with airway obstruction. Adult patients usually present with sudden severe sore throat. Respiratory distress may occasionally be the presenting symptoms. Children suspected to have the condition should be taken to the operation theatre immediately for direct laryngoscopy under general anaesthesia. Both the anaesthetist and the surgeon should be experienced to deal with the paediatric airway. If the diagnosis is confirmed, endotracheal intubation should be performed and the patient be observed in the intensive care unit. In adult patients without respiratory distress, the diagnosis should be confirmed by mirror examination or flexible laryngoscopy. Carefully performed, these examinations will not precipitate airway obstruction....


Herpangina is caused by coxsackievirus group A, types 1-6, 8, 10, and 22 most commonly. Most commonly occurring in the summer and autumn, herpangina presents with a sudden onset of high fever, sore throat, headache, and malaise followed by eruption of oral vesicles 1 to 2 mm in size within 24 to 48 h. The vesicles quickly rupture, leaving numerous shallow, painful ulcers. The soft palate, uvula, posterior pharynx, and tonsilar pillars are usually affected, sparing the buccal mucosa, tongue, and gingiva. The disease lasts 7 to 10 days and can be distinguished from herpetic gingivostomatitis by the lack of gingival involvement. 11

Sexual Abuse

Victims of prior child sexual abuse are frequently difficult for inexperienced physicians to assess because of an unfamiliarity with the normal prepubertal genital examination.11 Children who have been sexually abused are brought to the emergency department because of a disclosure about the abuse or because of other symptoms such as those referrable to the genitourinary tract, including vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, dysuria, urinary tract infections, or urethral discharge behavior disturbances, including excessive masturbation, genital fondling, or other sexually oriented or provocative behavior encopresis regression nightmares and unrelated complaints.12 Approximately 15 percent of children diagnosed in an emergency department as victims of sexual abuse in one report had unrelated complaints such as abdominal pain, asthma, and sore throat.


In healthy immunocompetent children and adults, CMV infection is also usually asymptomatic. When CMV does cause disease in this setting, it is typically an illness resembling EBV infectious mononucleosis. Typical presenting complaints include fever, chills, myalgia, and headache. Clinical features include a prolonged fever (1 to 5 weeks), an atypical lymphocytosis, lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, and mild elevations of the liver transaminase levels. Pharyngitis and tonsillitis are not usually present. There are rarely complications or long-term health consequences. The diagnosis of CMV mononucleosis should be considered in individuals who have a mononucleosis-type illness but are heterophil-antibody negative. The complications of CMV in immunocompetent patients include the Guillain-Barre syndrome, viral pneumonitis, hepatitis, hemolytic anemia, and thrombocytopenia.

Viral Encephalitis

Viral encephalitides such as Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), Western equine encephalitis (WEE), and Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) caused by the alphaviruses are naturally transmitted by mosquitoes. These agents, stable for delivery by aerosol, are highly infectious, with nearly 100 percent of persons exposed to such aerosols developing illness. Children are affected most severely. Neurologic symptoms suggestive of viral encephalitis include headache, confusion, obtundation, dysphasia, seizures, paresis, ataxia, myoclonus, and cranial nerve palsies. Fever, photophobia, sore throat, myalgia, and vomiting are common prodromal symptoms. EEE is most severe, with a 75 percent case fatality and a 35 percent incidence of neurologic sequelae. Other forms are milder, resulting in neurologic symptoms in 0.5 to 4 percent and complete recovery in survivors however, inhaled VEE may be much more severe clinically than what is seen with natural vector-borne disease. Laboratory studies may...

Gene therapy

These are common causes of respiratory tract infections, especially pharyngitis (sore throat), but it is possible to produce defective viruses that do not cause disease, and to replace the deleted regions with a cloned gene. The recombinant DNA will persist for some time within the infected cell, but not indefinitely. This limitation has both advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is the fact that any negative effects are likely to be reversible. The disadvantage is that re-infection is needed to sustain the effect. Nonetheless, trials with adenovirus vectors are already in progress. One case where they are particularly promising is in the therapy of cystic fibrosis, a recessive disorder caused by a mutation in a chloride transporter, which manifests itself most strongly in respiratory problems. Naturally, a viral vector based on a respiratory virus is potentially a very promising vehicle for reintroducing the correct form of the gene into...

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is an acute febrile illness, primarily affecting young children, caused by group A b-hemolytic streptococci. Recently group C streptococci have been implicated as well. Clinical manifestations include acute onset with fever, sore throat, headache, vomiting, and abdominal pain followed by a distinctive exanthem in 1 to 2 days.


One of the most important aspects of the past medical history, is whether the patient has received head or neck irradiation in childhood. Between 1940 and 1960, radiation was used as a treatment for thymic enlargement, recurrent tonsillitis, adenoiditis, otitis media, hemangiomas, ringworm, acne and dermatologic conditions. This therapy has now clearly been associated with an increased incidence of both benign and malignant nodules. If a patient with a solitary nodule has a history of radiation, the prevalence of cancer is 30-50 .2 Other factors to examine in the

Overreliance on RCTs

Figure 54.4 A recent Cochrane systematic review found no good evidence to support the use of antistreptococcal interventions (prolonged antibiotics or tonsillectomy) for treating guttate psoriasis. Sometimes such a negative systematic review can be useful by empowering patients to question doctors on the evidential basis for their treatment decisions Figure 54.4 A recent Cochrane systematic review found no good evidence to support the use of antistreptococcal interventions (prolonged antibiotics or tonsillectomy) for treating guttate psoriasis. Sometimes such a negative systematic review can be useful by empowering patients to question doctors on the evidential basis for their treatment decisions