How is anesthesia administered for a peritonsillar abscess drainage procedure?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Jeffrey D Suh, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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See the list below:

  • Spray the tonsil and ipsilateral soft palate with benzocaine (eg, Cetacaine) topical spray.

  • Using an 18-gauge (ga) needle on a 10-mL syringe, draw up approximately 6-10 mL of lidocaine 1% with epinephrine.

  • Change to a 27-ga needle (preferably a long needle).

  • Inject the mucosa overlying the fluctuant area with local anesthetic.

    Injection of local anesthetic.

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