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Acute Tonsillitis

Note the enlarged tonsils bilaterally (L>R) with purulent exudates

Definition: It is an inflammation of the tonsils Causes

-Bacterial infection (Group A β-hemolytic streptococcal, staphylococcal)

-Viral infection (Rhinoviruses, influenza)

-Fungal infection

Signs and Symptoms

-difficult and painful swallowing (dysphagia)

-Refusal of breastfeeding

-Fever, chills



-Sore throat - lasts longer than 48 hours and may be severe

-Enlarged and tender submandibular lymph nodes

-Swollen red tonsils with white spots Complications

-Rheumatic heart disease

-Acute glomerulonephritis

-Middle ear infections

-Peritonsillar abscess (quinsy)

-Abscess of the pharynx



-Bronchitis or pneumonia

-Airway obstruction


- Swab for laboratory analysis

- Complete blood count if signs of sepsis

-Streptococcal screen Management

Medical treatment

• Ensure enough fluids to avoid dehydration

• Amoxicillin 15-30 mg/kg/dose Q8h for 10 days Or

• Penicillin V tabs: 15mg/kg/dose Q12h for 10days Or

• Erythromycine 15-20mg/kg/dose Q8h for 10 days Or Azithromycine 10mg/kg/dose Q24h for 3 days In case of allergy to penicillins use

• If fever or pain, give Ibuprofen: 2-3mg/kg/dose Q8h Or Paracetamol 10-15mg/kg Q6h, max 60mg/kg/day

If no response with the first choice

• Amoxi-clav (Augmentin) 15-20mg/kg/dose P.O, Q8h 7 -10 days;


• cefuroxime (Zinat): 15mg/kg /dose Q8h for 7 days Surgical treatment

• Tonsillectomy indicated in: →Chronic repetitive tonsillitis → Obstructive tonsils Recommendations

-Systematically give Antibiotherapy to children > 3 years in order to prevent rheumatic heart disease

-For chronic and obstructive tonsillitis refer to the ENT specialist

1.4.4. Acute Mastoiditis

Definition: Acute mastoiditis is sudden onset bacterial infections of the mastoid bone


-Spread of pathogens causing acute otitis media to the mastoid bone

Signs and Symptoms


-Pain, tenderness, discomfort and swelling behind the ear

-In some instances, the ear on the affected side seems pushed out and quite prominent: this is caused by a high concentration of pus in the mastoid

-Sometimes associated suppurative otitis media

-Tympanic membrane is usually perforated with otorrhoea

-Occasionally, pus breaks through the mastoid tip and forms an abscess in the neck (Bezold’s abscess)


-Hearing loss


-Facial paralysis

-Brain abscess


-Neck abscess

-Extradural abscess


-Subdural abscess Investigations

-X-Ray of the mastoid bone

-In selected cases

CT-scan of the middle ear

Culture of the pus from the mastoid bone


LP if signs of meningitis

Management Pharmacological

• Treatment of first choice → cephalosporine 3rd generation:

cefotaxime IV 30-50 mg/kg/dose Q8h for 7-10 days


ceftriaxone IV 100mg/kg/dose Q24h for 7-10 days → If 3rd generation cephalosporine not available

Ampicillin IV 50mg/kg/dose Q6h for 7-10 days


Gentamycin IV 5mg/kg/dose Q24h 5 days

→ If fever or pain, give

Ibuprofen: 2-3mg/kg/dose Q8h or Paracetamol 10-15mg/kg Q6h, max 60mg/kg/day



Incision of abscess

→ When anaerobic infection is suspected: Add Metronidazole IV, 15-20 mg/kg/dose Q8h and culture sensitivity where possible

1.4.5. Epistaxis Definition: Epistaxis is nose bleeding Causes

-Local : Trauma, inflammation, foreign bodies, tumours of the nose and rhinopharynx, chronic using of nasal steroides, intra nasal growth like polyps

-Systemic : Cardiovascular diseases, blood diseases, liver diseases, kidney diseases, febrile diseases

-Upper respiratory disease : Sinusitis, allergic rhinitis

-Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma if profuse unilateral epistaxis associated with a nasal mass in adolescent boys

-Idiopathic (causes not known)

Signs and Symptoms

-Blood coming from the nose or the rhinopharynx

-History of recurrent nasal bleeding Complications

-Hypovolemic shock


Investigations (In complicated or recurrent cases)

-Full blood count, clotting time, bleeding time, prothrombin time

-CT scan and MRI if juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma

-Other investigations should be requested based on general examination findings


Non pharmaceutical

• Sit the patient up to avoid aspiration

• Cleaning of blood clots from the nose

• direct pressure applied by pinching the soft fleshy part of the nose applied for at least five minutes and up to 20 minutes

• Application of cold compresses on the nose

• Room humidifier

• Pack with ribbon gauze impregnated with topical ointments (Vaseline) and remove it after 12-24 hours Pharmaceutical

•Application of a topical antibiotics ointment to the nasal mucosa has been shown to be an effective treatment for recurrent epistaxis

•Topical vasoconstrictor: Xylometazoline spray (otrivine) 0.5mg/ml

Cauterization of the bleeding site with silver nitrate or 20% of solution trichloracetic acid under topical anesthesia

Electro coagulation

If severe bleeding with shock/or anemia, immediate blood transfusion is recommended Recommendations

- Investigate for underlying causes

- Refer cases of severe and recurrent epistaxis

- Refer to ENT specialist for otolaryngologic evaluation if bilateral

bleeding or hemorrhage that did not arise from Kiesselback plexus persists

1.4.6. Sinusitis

Definition: Sinusitis is the inflammation of one or more sinus cavities.


-Rhinitis (most common cause)

-Trauma with open sinuses

-Bacterial infections: (Bacteria : S.pneumoniae, H. Influenza, Moraxella catarrhalis, staphylococcus Aureus, anaerobies)

-Viral: Common predisposing factors include: abscess and tooth extraction,chemical irritants, nasal polyp, deviation of nasal septum, perfumes or paint fumes, and changes in the weather

Signs and Symptoms

-Purulent nasal discharge (unilateral or bilateral)

-Fever and cough

-Nasal obstruction and congestion

-Frontal headache and heaviness of the head exaggerated on bending the head

-Persistant symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection

-On clinical examination, pressure on frontal and maxillary sinuses causes pain

-decreased sense of smell

-Periorbital oedema

-Anterior rhinoscopy shows pus coming through the middle meatus


-Local: Osteomylitis, orbital cellulitis, orbital abscess

-descending infections: pharyngitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia

-Systemic: septicemia, meningitis, brain abscess, thrombophlebitis of cavernous sinus, subdural empyema Investigations

-Paranasal X-ray (shows opacification with air-fluid level)

-CT scan


Medical treatment (consists of nasal decongestants and antibiotics)

• Treatment of first choice

Amoxicillin, Po 15-20mg/kg/dose Q8h 7-10 days

Paracetamol 10-15mg/kg/dose Q6hr

• Alternative treatment

Amoxicillin-clavulanate (amoxi-clav, augmentin®) 15-20 mg/kg/dose PO, Q8h 7 -10 days

Add Xylometazoline (Otrivine) 0.5% drops or simple argyrol drops 1% , 0.05%


cefadroxyl : 25mg/kg/dose Q12h for 7 days

cefuroxime (Zinat): tabs 15mg/kg/dose Q12h for 7 days

Azithromycine 10mg/kg/dose Q24h for 3 days

Erythromycine 15-20 mg/kg/dose Q8h for 10 days

Rovamycine 3MI units: 50000-100000 UI/kg/dose Q8h for 10 days

Naphazoline-ephedrin nasal drops 2% 3 drop x3/day/7 days


- do not use nasal decongestants taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in hypertensive patient

1.4.7. Laryngitis

Definition: Laryngitis is inflammation involving the vocal cords and structures inferior to the cords Cause

- Viral respiratory tract infection (Parainfluenza Virus Type 1 and 2, Rhinoviruses, Syncytial Viruses, adenoviruses)

Signs and Symptoms

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