What are the Possible Complications of Tonsillitis?

What are the possible complications of tonsillitis?

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.

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