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Related to quinsy: tonsillitis, Ludwig's angina

abscess

 [ab´ses]
a localized collection of pus in a cavity formed by the disintegration of tissue. Abscesses are usually caused by specific microorganisms that invade the tissues, often by way of small wounds or breaks in the skin. An abscess is a natural defense mechanism in which the body attempts to localize an infection and wall off the microorganisms so that they cannot spread throughout the body. As the microorganisms destroy the tissue, an increased supply of blood is rushed to the area. The cells, bacteria, and dead tissue accumulate to form a clump of cream-colored liquid, which is the pus. The accumulating pus and the adjacent swollen, inflamed tissues press against the nerves, causing pain. The concentration of blood in the area causes redness. The abscess sometimes “comes to a head” by itself and breaks through the skin or other tissues, allowing the pus to drain. Local applications of heat may be used to facilitate localization and drainage.
Abscess, cross section.
alveolar abscess a localized suppurative inflammation of tissues about the apex of the root of a tooth.
amebic abscess an abscess cavity of the liver resulting from liquefaction necrosis due to entrance of Entamoeba histolytica into the portal circulation in amebiasis; amebic abscesses may also affect the lungs, brain, and spleen.
Bartholin abscess acute infection of a Bartholin gland with symptoms including pain, swelling, cellulitis of the vulva, and dyspareunia. Treatment is incision and drainage of the abscess. Cultures should be obtained to rule out infections by Neisseria gonorrhoeae or Chlamydia.
Bezold's abscess one deep in the neck resulting from a complication of acute mastoiditis.
brain abscess see brain abscess.
Brodie's abscess a circumscribed abscess in bone, caused by hematogenous infection, that becomes a chronic nidus of infection.
cold abscess one of slow development and with little inflammation, usually tuberculous.
diffuse abscess an uncircumscribed abscess whose pus is diffused in the surrounding tissues.
gas abscess one containing gas, caused by gas-forming bacteria such as Clostridium perfringens. Called also Welch's abscess.
miliary abscess one composed of numerous small collections of pus.
pancreatic abscess one that occurs as a complication of acute pancreatitis or postoperative pancreatitis caused by secondary bacterial contamination.
perianal abscess one beneath the skin of the anus and the anal canal.
periapical abscess inflammation with pus in the tissues surrounding the apex of a tooth.
periodontal abscess a localized collection of pus in the periodontal tissue.
peritonsillar abscess a localized accumulation of pus in the peritonsillar tissue subsequent to suppurative inflammation of the tonsil; called also quinsy.
phlegmonous abscess one associated with acute inflammation of the subcutaneous connective tissue.
stitch abscess one developed about a stitch or suture.
thecal abscess one in the sheath of a tendon.
wandering abscess one that burrows into tissues and finally points at a distance from the site of origin.
Welch's abscess gas abscess.

quin·sy

(kwin'zē),
Obsolete term for peritonsillar abscess.
[M.E. quinsie (quinesie), a corruption of L. cynanche, sore throat]

quinsy

/quin·sy/ (kwin´ze) peritonsillar abscess.

quinsy

(kwĭn′zē)
n.
Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess.

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Quinsy

quinsy

Peritonsillar abscess, see there.

per·i·ton·sil·lar ab·scess

(per'i-ton'si-lăr ab'ses)
Extension of tonsillar infection beyond the capsule with abscess formation usually above and behind the tonsil.
Synonym(s): quinsy.

quinsy

An abscess between the TONSIL and the underlying wall of the throat (pharynx). Quinsy is almost always secondary to acute TONSILLITIS and features great pain, high fever, difficulty in swallowing and speaking and excessive salivation. The soft palate is pushed across towards the other side. Quinsy is treated by surgical incision to release the pus.

per·i·ton·sil·lar ab·scess

(per'i-ton'si-lăr ab'ses)
Extension of tonsillar infection beyond the tonsillar capsule with abscess formation between the capsule and the musculature of the tonsillar fossa; frequent complication of tonsillitis.

quinsy,

n a peritonsillar abscess.

quinsy

peritonsillar abscess.
References in periodicals archive ?
Performing quinsy tonsillectomy on our patient relieved the airway obstruction and greatly reduced the chance of recurrent infection.
Quinsy occurs in about one in 200 people, mainly in those who have had tonsillitis.
Bilateral peritonsillar abscesses and quinsy tonsillectomy.
Peritonsillar abscess, also known as quinsy, is the most common deep infection of the head and neck in adults.
Quinsy does sound like the sort of thing your Victorian heroine took to her bed with and died.
The Birchfield Harrier (right) was readmitted to hospital on Tuesday after a relapse of her throat infection known as Quinsy and will now have her tonsils removed.
She was suffering from a serious medical condition known as Quinsy - which occurs when an abscess develops on the tonsils making it difficult to breathe or swallow.
Quinsy is an abscess that forms between the tonsils and wall of the throat.
However, oropharyngeal infections, such as quinsy, Ludwig's angina, and retropharyngeal abscess, are cause for concern since they tend to spread along the fascial planes.
I went to the doctor and it turned out I had quinsy as well.
The three main surgical procedures available for the treatment of PTA are incision and drainage, needle aspiration, and quinsy tonsillectomy.
And abscesses on the tonsils, known as quinsy, can also be serious.