Medical Definition of Quinsy

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Quinsy: An old term for a peritonsillar abscess. This is a collection of pus (an abscess) behind the tonsils that pushes one of the tonsils toward the uvula (the prominent soft tissue dangling from the back of the palate in the back of the mouth).A peritonsillar abscess is generally very painful. It is usually also associated with a decreased ability to open the mouth. If left untreated, the infection can spread deep in the neck causing airway obstruction and life-threatening complications.

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Reviewed on 12/31/2018

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