retropharyngeal abscess

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ret·ro·pha·ryn·ge·al ab·scess

an abscess arising, usually, in retropharyngeal lymph nodes, most commonly in infants.

retropharyngeal abscess

Etymology: L, retro + Gk, pharynx, throat
a collection of pus in the tissues behind the pharynx accompanied by difficulty in swallowing, fever, and pain. Occasionally the airway becomes obstructed. Treatment includes appropriate parenteral antibiotics and surgical drainage. Tracheostomy may be necessary. Compare parapharyngeal abscess, peritonsillar abscess.

retropharyngeal abscess

ENT A disease of children < age 5, in which posterior throat tissue is susceptible to abscess formation, accompanied by high fever, severe sore throat, dysphagia and dyspnea, which may be life threatening. Cf Strep throat.


behind the pharynx.

retropharyngeal abscess
see pharyngeal abscess.
retropharyngeal lymph node abscess
see pharyngeal abscess.
retropharyngeal lymph node enlargement
enlargement causes interference with respiration and swallowing. The principal sign is snoring. In large animals the glands are palpable via the oral cavity or inspected by fiberoptoscopic viewing. See also pharyngeal lymphadenopathy.
retropharyngeal lymph nodes
lymph nodes in the tissues in the dorsum of the pharynx.
retropharyngeal lymphadenopathy
see pharyngeal lymphadenopathy.
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Only one other complication, a retropharyngeal abscess, was detected in this limited population.
Retropharyngeal abscess can be a life-threatening emergency with potential for airway compromise.
This article describes the discovery of an acquired tracheal diverticulum that was observed 2 years after surgical management of a retropharyngeal abscess.
The suppurative sequelae (peritonsillar abscess, retropharyngeal abscess, mastoiditis) are also less common than in the preantibiotic era, making them more difficult to recognize when they do occur.
Prophylactic antibiotic therapy with 2 g/day of amoxicillin/clavulanate was prescribed as a precaution in case the patient had a retropharyngeal abscess.
Chronic retropharyngeal abscess caused by tuberculosis is rare.
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