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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

quin·sy

(kwin'zē),
Obsolete term for peritonsillar abscess.
[M.E. quinsie (quinesie), a corruption of L. cynanche, sore throat]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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

Peritonsillar abscess, see there.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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It's not the first time Bianca has been struck down with quinsy - she suffered from the same condition back in 2016 and was left fearing for her life.
Quinsy tonsillectomy was done in one case in the present study.
We opted for incision and drainage instead of tonsillectomy because of the young age of the patient, no history of recurrent sore throat, and the high risk of bleeding on quinsy tonsillectomy.
Other factors were accidental ingestion of foreign body and quinsy in 17.5%, acute tonsillitis and iatrogenic causes in 7.5% and parotitis in 2.5%.
Quinsy Gario's much debated, ongoing art project Zwarte Piet Is Racisme and his recent media actions seem to have more far-reaching impact.
Treatment of an early abscess or Quinsy is by antibiotics while a fully developed abscess requires hospital admission where antibiotics are given through a drip (intravenously).
A small curvilinear incision was made in the mucosa with a guarded quinsy knife to prevent a deep incision, over the most fluctuant part of the swelling.
Some papal scribes of the day alleged he swallowed a fly in a glass of wine, others wrote it was the quinsy that carried him off.
1726: Sir John Vanbrugh, playwright and architect of Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and many castles and houses, died of a quinsy.
quinsy), the other are observed with a lot of other diseases (e.g.
According to one report, Adrian IV died after choking on a fly in his wine, but quinsy (an inflammation of the tonsils) is the more commonly accepted explanation.