Paediatric retropharyngeal abscess

Philpott, C. M. ORCID:, Selvadurai, D. and Banerjee, A. R. (2004) Paediatric retropharyngeal abscess. Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 118 (12). pp. 919-926. ISSN 0022-2151

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Retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) is an uncommon condition with the potential for significant morbidity and mortality if not detected early. The authors present a case report of a 19-month-old child who presented with the common clinical features of a retropharyngeal abscess and in whom the diagnosis was not established by examination and ultrasonography. This led to a delay in appropriate management until a computed tomography (CT) scan was performed under general anaesthesia. The scan demonstrated the diagnosis and surgical drainage was performed under the same anaesthetic. The child subsequently made a complete recovery. The investigation and treatment of RPAs is a matter of some debate and the authors review the recent literature to determine the best management strategy.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Respiratory and Airways Group
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Norwich Clinical Trials Unit
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Lifespan Health
Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2011 13:18
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 00:55
DOI: 10.1258/0022215042790538

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