Acute Tonsilitis SOAP Note

Acute Tonsilitis
Acute Tonsilitis

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Acute Tonsilitis

Subjective Data:

Name: J.W. Date: 2/27/2016 Time: 
Case ID #: 8008-20164545-015 Age: 35 years old Sex: Female

CC: Patient feels sick, with multiple symptoms including skin rash, fever, headache, pain in swallowing, sore throat, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.


The patient is a 35 year old female who presented to the clinic on Saturday, complaining that she has been feeling sharp pain in her abdomen and severe headache. She also notes that she has been experiencing the following symptoms sore throat, pain when swallowing food and nausea plus vomiting.

Patient is accompanied by her 15 year old daughter and 42 year old husband, who bring her to the clinic. J.W. further notes that she has fever and the symptoms began about three days ago, with the sore throat setting in suddenly. This is the first incident that the patient reports to the clinic. The patient notes that she took acetaminophen to relieve the fever and headache, but she decided to consult further treatment once she developed a skin rash.

Medications Currently in Use: Acetaminophen

Past Medical History

Allergies: Allergic to sulfa containing compounds. Had complications after using sulfonamides

Medication Intolerances: Intolerant to sulfonamides and generally sulfa containing drugs

Chronic Illnesses/Major traumas: no major illness/traumas
Hospitalizations/Surgeries: No surgical history recorded; hospitalized once due to pneumonia infection
Family History: No family history recorded on major illnesses; patient’s mum in good health

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Social History

Patient is a casual laborer living with her daughter and husband, plus her 54 year old mum. She takes her lunch from a local cafeteria, but cooks breakfast and supper at her home when she arrives from job in the evening. Her mum helps her cook food, but rarely when she is not present, ill or too tired to cook.

The patient states that she started to suspect food from the cafeteria after a change in management about a month ago. However, she continued to take lunch at the same place, but notes quality had significantly dropped. Also, she had heard a complaint from a regular customer, John, that the food was making him bloat his stomach two weeks ago though the condition disappeared without him attending to hospital.

Review of Systems

Positive for fever: No Cardiovascular symptoms. This time she was using acetaminophen
Denies chest pain, palpitations, PND, orthopnea, edema

Has a history of hx pneumonia but negative at the time of admission

Only reports for pain in her abdomen

Denies bruising, delayed healing, bleeding or skin discolorations. Has no lesion changes or moles but presents with a skin rash

Patient denies cough, breathing regular and symmetrical.

Denies eye discharge, no blurred vision, sees clearly without any aid

Reports pain in the abdomen

Denies pain in ears has no ear discharge, hearing loss, or ringing in ears.


 Denies concerns

Positive for sore throat

Denies concerns

Negative history

Denies syncope, seizures, transient paralysis, weakness, paresthesia, black out spells

Psychological: Denies depression, suicidal thoughts, irritability,
sleep disturbances, and anxiety

HIV status, bruising, blood transfusion hx, night sweats, swollen glands, increase thirst, increase hunger, cold or heat intolerance Psychiatric
Denies concerns 

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Objective Data

Physical exam is done in the clinic, after which the patient is sent for a lab test out of the clinic. Case is suspected to be upper respiratory bacterial infection particularly streptococcal infection. The following data is recorded from the physical exam;

Vital Signs

Weight 125 BMI 20.7 Temp 101 BP 120/80
Height 170 Pulse 80 Resp 24

General Appearance
Constitutional marked as unremarkable: well developed: well nourished; no acute distress. Vital signs also noted as within acceptable limits. Patient dehydrated. General impression: A&Ox3, nicely dressed, appear appropriate, restless but cooperative, complains of chronic pain in the abdomen and headache

Skin is black, warm, dry, clean and intact. No lesions noted upon examination. Scarlatiniform rashes noted
Head is normocephalic, atraumatic and without lesions; hair evenly distributed. 

Eyes: PERRLA. EOMs intact. No conjunctival or scleral injection.

Ears: Canals patent. Bilateral TMs pearly grey with positive light reflex; landmarks easily visualized. 

Nose: Nasal mucosa pink; normal turbinates. No septal deviation. 

Neck: Supple. Full ROM. 

Pharynx redness or exudates over the tonsils noted plus erythema. Beefy red swollen uvula: Anterior cervical Adenitis and Soft Palate Petechiae noted. Teeth and gums are however unremarkable

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S1, S2 with regular rate and rhythm. Heart location and apex is normal. No murmurs; no rubs, gallops, or click; femoral pulses normal.

Respiratory unremarkable; respiratory rate and pattern normal; lungs clear to auscultation bilaterally.

Abdomen is soft, non tender and non-distended. No palpable masses. Liver and spleen normal; no hernias; normal bowel sounds, no bloating, only pain in the abdomen noted 

Chest/breast unremarkable, no masses palpitated, no redness

Bladder is non-distended, no UTI present

Full ROM seen in all 4 extremities as patient moved about the exam room.

Speech is clear, Good tone plus Posture erect. Balance is stable; gait normal.

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Diagnostics & Lab Tests

Throat smear culture and blood specimen used

Incubation of the culture done for 48 hours before test

The suspected case is streptococcal infection by S. pyogenes or GAS

Positive rapid streptococcal test

Positive results for Antistreptolysin O test

Special Tests

Latex agglutination immunoassay test positive

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Assessment Findings and Plan


Patient confirmed to be having Group A Beta hemolytic Streptococcal infection, related acute pharyngitis and acute tonsilitis


Penicillin V 500 mg tid for daily 10 days or Amoxicillin 500 mg tid for 10 days

Continue with Acetaminophen till fever completely subsidizes

Amoxicillin is a substitute in the event the patient reports to be allergic to Penicillin

Drugs to be taken orally and in full dosage given by a pharmacist

There are no generic substitutes available


 Advice patient to take the following measures:

Use OTC acetaminophen only for fever if relapsing occurs

Wash hands well with soap and water after using bathroom or before eating

Rinse food well and cook properly before eating

Drink water that has been purified or filtered only

Not to smoke or drink alcohol before medication is over and tests negative for GAS

If possible carry packed lunch or change the place she takes lunch from

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Further Notes:

The likely cause of the GAS infection is food from the cafeteria that the patient takes lunch. This, she should refrain from consuming food from the place to avoid a recurrence of the infection. High hygiene standards must be maintained to ensure zero infections to the members of her household, who include her daughter, husband and mum. Also, if convenient to her report the matter concerning the low quality food being sold at the cafeteria to public health offices, for further investigation.

Follow up Schedule

The patient is advised to report to the clinic after a week, for assessment of dosage coverage and progression of the illness. This is to ensure she completes the dosages of all medications in order to eliminate all GAS in her system and avoid development of antibiotic resistance to the Penicillin V given, which results from an incomplete dosage. In this regard, the patient should be advised strongly on the importance of completing her medications, with two follow up meetings being scheduled after a week each.

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Evaluation and Revisions:

The subjective and objective data was collected accordingly but the diagnostics did not cover all possible infections. Since the above are confirmatory of GAS infection, as the cause of the acute pharyngitis and acute tonsillitis, there was deemed no need to conduct tests for other upper respiratory bacteria on the cultures.

This is not only to eliminate the chances of it being a multiple infection case, but also to dictate the medicine given. This revision is necessary alongside a confirmation from the patient concerning her status in connection penicillin allergy, which should dictate the type of antibiotic given. This should be handled accordingly by the pharmacist addressing the prescription.

Metronidazole, Trimethoprim, Tetracyclines and flouroquinolones should not be used for the following reasons. Metronidazole is not effective against S. pyogenes while the patient is allergic to sulfa compounds hence Trimethoprim is contraindicated.

On the other hand, Tetracyclines pose a very high susceptibility to resistance by the bacterial species, that is GAS. Finally, Flouroquinolones are very expensive and have an unnecessary broad spectrum of activity, hence a more specific antibiotic is necessary including the above named plus Azithromycin, Clarithromycin, Clindamycin and various Cephalosporins.  


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