deep neck infection


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deep neck in·fec·tion

(dēp nek in-fek'shŭn)
Bodily invasion of tissues and cavity of neck structures by pathogens originating in the oral cavity or other contiguous area.

deep neck infection

An infection that enters the fascial planes of the neck after originating in the oral cavity, pharynx, or a regional lymph node. It may be life-threatening if the infection enters the carotid sheath, the paravertebral spaces, or the mediastinum. Death may also result from sepsis, asphyxiation, or hemorrhage. Aggressive surgical therapy is usually required because antibiotics alone infrequently control the disease.
See also: infection
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