What are the Possible Complications of Tonsillitis?

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Inflammation or swelling of the tonsils from frequent or ongoing (chronic) tonsillitis can cause complications such as:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Disrupted breathing during sleep (obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Infection that spreads deep into surrounding tissue (tonsillar cellulitis)
  • Infection that results in a collection of pus behind a tonsil (peritonsillar abscess)
  Prompt treatment of tonsillitis is very important for preventing the complications. Keywords: complications tonsillitis; complication tonsillitis; tonsillitis complications.    
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