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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A similar case of severe retropharyngeal abscess after the use of a reinforced laryngeal mask with a Bosworth introducer has been reported (1).
Tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess may be due to involvement of the retropharygeal lymph nodes, secondary to pott's disease of the cervical spine.
A high index of suspicion is needed to diagnose retropharyngeal abscess, and the diagnosis is made based on clinical manifestations and radiologic studies.
Tracheostomy was done in 3 of our patients, two patients of retropharyngeal abscess and one patient of anterior visceral space infection.
Bacterial infection of the neck not involving the supraglottic airway may arise from lymphatic spread following tonsillitis or may be introduced by trauma or a foreign body and progress to a peritonsillar or retropharyngeal abscess.
Data from one 35-year review of cases at a California hospital showed that 50% of patients with a retropharyngeal abscess were younger than 3 years and 71% were younger than 6 years, Dr.
Among deep abscesses, 2 mediastinal and 1 retropharyngeal abscess were CA-MRSA, and 1 retropharyngeal abscess was CA-MSSA.
They included 21 cases of pyelonephritis, 4 of bacteremia, 2 lobar pneumonias, and 1 each with mastoiditis and retropharyngeal abscess.
Suppurative complications included peritonsillar or retropharyngeal abscess.
Similarly retropharyngeal abscess is 30 times more fatal and with DM is 14 times more fatal.