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Tonsillitis in children and adults

Tonsillitis in children and adults

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Expert Perspective

Time to Complete

1 hour


February 5, 2016


February 5, 2019

Programme Description

Mr Maurice Hawthorne highlights the causes of tonsillitis, symptoms and management, and differential diagnoses to consider in children and adults. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include the evidence base for antibiotic prescribing, the effectiveness of tonsillectomy, and red flags indicating a need for urgent referral.

Educational Objectives

After taking this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Be aware of the bacterial and viral causes of tonsillitis

  • Conduct appropriate examinations and investigations

  • Be aware of potentially life-threatening conditions that can mimic tonsillitis

  • Consider differential diagnoses

  • Know when to refer to secondary care
  • Faculty

    Activity and test author
    Mr Maurice Hawthorne
    Medical director at Iodem Health
    Consultant ENT surgeon
    James Cook University Hospital
    North Yorkshire
    United Kingdom


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credit (1 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required