Evaluation of acute trismus by MRI: a case report - Bilateral peritonsillar cellulitis

Muluk N. B. , Kara S., Yazgan C.

EUROPEAN ARCHIVES OF OTO-RHINO-LARYNGOLOGY, vol.263, no.12, pp.1139-1141, 2006 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 263 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00405-006-0109-8
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Page Numbers: pp.1139-1141


We describe a rare case of a bilateral peritonsillar cellulites (PTC). The clinical presentation of fever, trismus and odynophagia was consistent with PTC, more evident on the right side; but the presence of bilateral tonsillar swelling and midline uvula confounded the diagnosis. In spite of the throat examination was performed with a great difficulty due to trismus, the T2 weighted fat saturated STIR magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guided us to make the diagnosis and to start the intravenous antibiotic treatment immediately.