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Tonsillitis in children and adults


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INTRODUCTION

This module highlights the causes of tonsillitis, symptoms and management, and differential diagnoses to consider in children and adults. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include the evidence base for antibiotic prescribing, the effectiveness of tonsillectomy, and red flags indicating a need for urgent referral.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After completing this module, you should be better able to:

  • Be aware of the bacterial and viral causes of tonsillitis


  • Conduct appropriate examinations and investigations


  • Be aware of potentially life-threatening conditions that can mimic tonsillitis


  • Consider differential diagnoses

  • Know when to refer to secondary care

AUTHOR

Mr Maurice Hawthorne, Medical director at Iodem Health, Consultant ENT surgeon, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough.

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio.