Troubled singer R.Kelly is recovering in a Chicago hospital following emergency throat surgery, according to his rep.
According to the Atlanta Journal, Kelly's publicist Allan Mayer said Wednesday that doctors drained an abscess on one of Kelly's tonsils on Tuesday and that the singer will be "laid up indefinitely" at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Mayer says Kelly had been complaining of throat pain recently. He was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery after a throat exam.
R.Kelly was on tour with Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrious as opening acts.
Tonsil abscess is a common complication of tonsillitis, a throat infection which usually occurs among the pediatric population. A tonsil abscess is a sac containing pus that collects behind or on the side of the tonsil. Symptoms begin appearing a week before the formation of an abscess.
Early symptoms of peritonsillar abscess include throat pain that gets worse upon swallowing, enlarged tonsil(s), and redness of the throat.
Other symptoms following the formation of the abscess are:
Treatment of the tonsil abscess includes cutting and draining the abscess, and intravenous antibiotics to treat the underlying infection.
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