Objective: To compare the efficacy of needle aspiration versus incision and drainage (I & D) in management of peritonsillar abscess (PTA) in terms of recovery period and recurrence rate.
Study Design: Randomized controlled trial.
Place and Duration of Study: Otolaryngology departments, Combined Military Hospitals, Rawalpindi and Multan, from January 2011 to January 2013.
Material and Methods: Using World Health Organization sample size calculator, a calculated sample of 60 subjects was divided into two equal groups. One group underwent needle aspiration and the other group underwent I & D for PTA. The groups were compared for recovery period and recurrence using independent samples t-test and Fisher’s Exact test respectively calculated through SPSS version 20. A p-value
Incision and drainage, Needle aspiration, Odynophagia, Peritonsillar abscess.