tonsillar exudate

tonsillar exudate

(ton'si-lăr eks'ū-dāt),
exudate found during examination of patients with bacterial tonsillitis; its presence or absence often helps determine proper treatment.
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The criteria consist of four findings that are each assigned one point: history of fever, absence of cough, tender or swollen lymph glands in the neck, and tonsillar exudate.
By the next day, mild pharyngitis with slight tonsillar exudates had developed.
This model takes into consideration four clinical features: (1) a history of fever, (2) an absence of cough, (3) the presence of pharyngeal or tonsillar exudates, and (4) the presence of tender anterior cervical lymphadenopathy.