R76 Tonsillitis acute (ICD-10:J03.9)

March 7, 2024

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Introduction

Tonsillitis acute is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the tonsils, which are located at the back of the throat. It is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection and can result in symptoms such as sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and swollen tonsils. The aim of this guide is to provide healthcare professionals with a comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and management of acute tonsillitis.

Codes

– ICPC-2 Code: R76 Tonsillitis acute
– ICD-10 Code: J03.9 Acute tonsillitis, unspecified

Symptoms

  • Sore throat: Patients may experience pain or discomfort in the throat, especially when swallowing.
  • Difficulty swallowing: Swelling of the tonsils can make it difficult to swallow food or liquids.
  • Swollen tonsils: The tonsils may appear red and swollen, and may have white or yellow spots or patches.
  • Fever: Patients may have a high temperature, usually above 38°C (100.4°F).
  • Enlarged lymph nodes: The lymph nodes in the neck may become swollen and tender.
  • Bad breath: Foul-smelling breath may be present due to the infection.

Causes

  • Viral infection: Acute tonsillitis is commonly caused by viruses, such as the common cold virus or the flu virus.
  • Bacterial infection: Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus) is the most common bacterial cause of acute tonsillitis.

Diagnostic Steps

Medical History

  • Gather information about the patient’s symptoms, including the duration and severity of sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and fever.
  • Ask about any recent exposure to individuals with respiratory infections.
  • Inquire about any history of recurrent tonsillitis or tonsillectomy.

Physical Examination

  • Inspect the throat for redness, swelling, and the presence of white or yellow spots or patches on the tonsils.
  • Palpate the neck to check for enlarged and tender lymph nodes.
  • Measure the patient’s temperature to assess for fever.

Laboratory Tests

  • Rapid antigen test for streptococcal infection: This test can help confirm the presence of group A streptococcus bacteria in the throat.
  • Throat culture: A throat swab may be sent to the laboratory for culture to identify the specific bacteria causing the infection.

Diagnostic Imaging

  • Diagnostic imaging is generally not necessary for the diagnosis of acute tonsillitis. However, in rare cases, a CT scan may be ordered if there are concerns about complications, such as peritonsillar abscess.

Other Tests

  • Monospot test: This blood test may be performed to rule out infectious mononucleosis, which can present with similar symptoms to acute tonsillitis.

Follow-up and Patient Education

  • Advise the patient to rest and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to alleviate pain and reduce fever.
  • Instruct the patient to avoid contact with others to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Provide information on the importance of completing the full course of antibiotics if bacterial tonsillitis is diagnosed.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the patient’s progress and ensure resolution of symptoms.

Possible Interventions

Traditional Interventions

Medications:

Top 5 drugs for acute tonsillitis:

  1. Penicillin V:
    • Cost: $5-$20 for a 10-day course.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to penicillin.
    • Side effects: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
    • Severe side effects: Allergic reactions, anaphylaxis.
    • Drug interactions: None significant.
    • Warning: Complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed.
  2. Amoxicillin:
    • Cost: $5-$20 for a 10-day course.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to penicillin.
    • Side effects: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
    • Severe side effects: Allergic reactions, anaphylaxis.
    • Drug interactions: None significant.
    • Warning: Complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed.
  3. Cephalosporins (e.g., cephalexin):
    • Cost: $10-$30 for a 10-day course.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to cephalosporins.
    • Side effects: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
    • Severe side effects: Allergic reactions, anaphylaxis.
    • Drug interactions: None significant.
    • Warning: Complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed.
  4. Macrolides (e.g., azithromycin):
    • Cost: $10-$40 for a 5-day course.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to macrolides.
    • Side effects: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
    • Severe side effects: Prolonged QT interval, liver toxicity.
    • Drug interactions: None significant.
    • Warning: Complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed.
  5. Clindamycin:
    • Cost: $20-$50 for a 10-day course.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to clindamycin.
    • Side effects: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
    • Severe side effects: Clostridium difficile infection, severe allergic reactions.
    • Drug interactions: None significant.
    • Warning: Complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed.

Alternative Drugs:

  • Erythromycin: An alternative for patients with penicillin allergy.
  • Clarithromycin: An alternative for patients with penicillin allergy.
  • Doxycycline: An alternative for patients with penicillin allergy.

Surgical Procedures:

  • Tonsillectomy: Surgical removal of the tonsils may be considered in cases of recurrent or chronic tonsillitis that significantly affects the patient’s quality of life. Cost: $3,000-$6,000.

Alternative Interventions

  • Saltwater gargles: Gargling with warm saltwater can help soothe a sore throat. Cost: Minimal.
  • Herbal teas: Drinking herbal teas, such as chamomile or ginger tea, may provide relief from symptoms. Cost: Varies depending on the specific tea.
  • Honey and lemon: Mixing honey and lemon in warm water can help soothe a sore throat. Cost: Minimal.
  • Probiotics: Taking probiotic supplements may help boost the immune system and reduce the severity of symptoms. Cost: $10-$30 per month.
  • Homeopathic remedies: Some individuals find relief from acute tonsillitis symptoms with homeopathic remedies, such as Belladonna or Mercurius solubilis. Cost: Varies depending on the specific remedy.

Lifestyle Interventions

  • Rest: Adequate rest is essential for the body to recover from the infection. Cost: Minimal.
  • Hydration: Drinking plenty of fluids helps keep the throat moist and can alleviate discomfort. Cost: Minimal.
  • Warm compress: Applying a warm compress to the neck can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Cost: Minimal.
  • Avoiding irritants: Encourage the patient to avoid smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, and other irritants that can worsen symptoms. Cost: Minimal.
  • Healthy diet: Consuming a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can support the immune system. Cost: Varies depending on food choices.

It is important to note that the cost ranges provided are approximate and may vary depending on the location and availability of the interventions.

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Note

This guide is for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice of a medical professional. Always consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified medical professional for personal advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not solely rely on the information presented here for decisions about your health. Use of this information is at your own risk. The authors of this guide, nor any associated entities or platforms, are not responsible for any potential adverse effects or outcomes based on the content.

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