Deep tissue infection of the retropharyngeal space:
Potential space bound anteriorly by buccopharyngeal fascia, posteriorly by alar fascia, superiorly by skull base, inferiorly by fus...
Additional presenting symptoms:
Keep child in position of comfort:
Forcing child to sit up or flex neck may occlude airway
Pulse oximetry, cardiac monitor
All patients with retropharyngeal abscess should be admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics and possible surgical drainage
Criteria for surgical drainage:
Diagnosis should be considered in all children who present with fever, stiff neck, or dysphagia:
High clinical suspicion is required in children, as they present with nonspecific si...
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Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al...
18099001 retropharyngeal abscess (disorder)
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