retropharyngeal lymph nodes

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ret·ro·pha·ryn·ge·al lymph nodes

the three groups of lymph nodes (one median and two lateral) located between the pharynx and the prevertebral layer of cervical fascia; they receive lymph from the nasopharynx, the auditory tube, and the atlantooccipital and atlantoaxial joints.

ret·ro·pha·ryn·ge·al lymph nodes

(retrō-fă-rinjē-ăl limf nōdz) [TA]
Three groups of lymph nodes located between pharynx and prevertebral layer of cervical fascia.


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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Lesions in the lungs, observed in 3 animals, were consistently found in combination with lesions in the tracheobronchial and mediastinal lymph nodes; lesions in the tonsils were found with lesions in the retropharyngeal lymph nodes (Table 2).
bovis infections of cattle or deer tonsils led to bacterial colonization in the medial retropharyngeal lymph nodes with subsequent lymphatic spread to pulmonary lymph nodes.
Our findings support the concept that retropharyngeal abscess in children results from extension of oropharyngeal infection into the retropharyngeal lymph nodes.
GABHS pharyngitis may cause inflammation of the retropharyngeal lymph nodes and subsequent polymicrobial abscess development.