Abscess Tonsil Anatomy
To better understand peritonsillar abscess, it helps to understand the anatomy of the throat and tonsils.
The back of the throat, or pharynx, starts at the base of the tongue and ends at the larynx.
The tonsils are collections of lymphoid tissue in the back of the throat. They are located on both sides of the throat, near the base of the tongue. The tonsils generally shrink over time. At puberty, the tonsils are normally about the size of an almond.
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