Paediatric retropharyngeal abscess

Philpott, CM 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
Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2011 13:18
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 02:30

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