Tonsillitis - Dr. Steven Peskind MDTonsillitis refers to swelling of the pharyngeal tonsils (glands at the back of the throat). The swelling could involve other locations of the back of the throat, consisting of the adenoids and the lingual tonsils (tonsil tissue at the back of the tongue). There are numerous variations of tonsillitis: acute, recurrent, and chronic tonsillitis, and peritonsillar abscess.

Viral or bacterial infections and immunologic aspects cause tonsillitis and its problems. Almost all kids in the United States experience a minimum of one episode of tonsillitis. Due to innovations in medical and medical treatments, issues connected with tonsillitis, including mortality, are rare.