chapter  51
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DEFINITION Pharyngitis is defined as inflammation of the pharynx. It can be generalized inflammation of the whole pharynx (Figure 51.1) or localized to a specific area of the pharynx (tonsillitis, Figure 51.2). The presenting symptom of pharyngitis is usually a sore throat, which is one of the most common presentations for outpatient consultations in primary care.