Peritonsillar abscess (Quinsy) : Cross sectional study in AlYarmouk teaching hospital
Aims: To find the demographic distribution, by analyzing the data such as age, gender, residence, chief complaint, pharyngotonsillar bulge and seasonal distribution, among Iraqi patients. Patients and Methods: Cross-sectional study of 42 patients attending outpatient ENT department in Al-Yramouk Teaching Hospital with suspected peritonsillar abscess, for one year period, only 3o patients diagnosed as having peritonsillar abscess, confirmed by positive needle aspiration, were included and analyzed for most common affected age ,gender, chief complaint , residence , pharyngotonsillar bulge and seasonal distribution, while the remaining 12 patients having only peritonsillar cellulitis confirmed by negative needle aspiration, so excluded from the current study. Results: The most common age group affected were 16-24 years ( 40%), the most common gender was male (male to female ratio 1,5:1), the most common chief complaint is trismus (77%), the most common months of presentation was November and December of the year (13 and 20 % respectively) and the most common degree of pharyngotonsillar bulge was moderate (63%) .The most common residence was urban (70%). Conclusions: The most common age group is young adult male, trismus is main chief complaint, and the commonest degree of pharyngotonsillar bulge is moderate.