Retropharyngeal abscess

What is Retropharyngeal abscess?

Most commonly seen in infants and young children, retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) is an abscess located in the tissues in the back of the throat behind the posterior pharyngeal wall (the retropharyngeal space). Because RPAs typically occur in deep tissue, they are difficult to diagnose by physical examination alone. RPA is a relatively uncommon illness, and therefore may not receive early diagnosis in children presenting with stiff neck, malaise, difficulty swallowing, or other symptoms listed below. Early diagnosis is key, while a delay in diagnosis and treatment may lead to death. Parapharyngeal space communicates with retropharyngeal space and an infection of retropharyngeal space can pass down behind the oesophagus into mediastinum. RPAs can also occur in adults of any age.

RPA can lead to airway obstruction or sepsis - both life-threatening emergencies. Fatalities normally occur from patients not receiving treatment immediately and suffocating prior to knowing that anything serious was wrong.

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My son was hospitalized for 5 days for retropharyngeal abscess and treated intravenously with antibiotics and then given oral antibiotics for 7...

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hello,thanks for ur query, u can do ct -neck with contrast to know d status of abscess.all d best.take care.

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My 5yo son's normal temp is around 96. He spent a week in the hospital with a temp of 100-102 sleeping constantly. He had retropharyngeal abscess...

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Hi.
The concern of the Doctors for not so much rise of temperature is for 2 reasons.
1. This can be due to bacteria- gram negative in particular...

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I am feeling pain in my left side of neck near ear and perhaps some time even feel by me in deep ear though i am not taking any medication...

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SWELLING IN NECK
IS IT JUST GENERALISE WELLING OR CYST TIME FORMATION
ANY HISTORY OF INJURY AT THAT PLACE
IS IT FROM LONG TIME THERE OR RECENTLY...

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