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November 03, 2010

Teenager Dies From Tonsillitis

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A teenager in the United Kingdom died from an unfortunate missed diagnosis of tonsillitis. Apparently, her primary care doctor thought she had swine flu and was prescribed tamiflu... an anti-viral medication.

For bacterial tonsillitis, treatment is with anti-bacterial antibiotics like amoxicillin, penicillin, etc.

The tonsil infection spread into her blood, seeded her lungs, and eventually caused multi-organ failure and death.

Read the full story here.

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