Not Just a Sore Throat: A Case of a Retropharyngeal Abscess Causing Midline Shift of the Nasopharynx
Osceola Regional Medical Center
suppurative cervical lymphadenitis, airway compromise, deep neck space infection, pharyngitis, retrophraryngeal abscess
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Emergency Medicine | Infectious Disease | Pediatrics
A retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) is a deep neck space infection that can present with subtle symptoms. Although it is an uncommon diagnosis, an RPA can be life-threatening as it can result in airway compromise if not treated promptly. In this article, we report a case of a 21-month-old infant with a retropharyngeal abscess that required prompt recognition and treatment.
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Hernandez M, Vera A, Kwon B, Ganti L. Not Just a Sore Throat: A Case of a Retropharyngeal Abscess Causing Midline Shift of the Nasopharynx. Cureus. 2022;14(1):e21336. doi:10.7759/cureus.21336