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November 1956

Pharyngomaxillary-Space Abscess

Author Affiliations

Whittier, Calif.
From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Southern California School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;64(5):377-380. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830170027004

Deep neck abscesses have presented a serious problem to surgeons for a good many years. References for this paper begin with Dean1 in 1910, but I am sure the problem had been discussed long before that. It is interesting to compare the literature before and after the use of sulfonamides and antibiotics. Needless to say, the problem is not as difficult as it was before these drugs were available. However, at the County Hospital we know that these abscesses still occur, and I am reporting one here that was seen in private practice.

Discussion of pharyngomaxillary-space abscesses should begin with a short review of the anatomy of the fascia of the neck. The superficial fascia of the neck is that covering the platysma and subcutaneous tissue. Between this layer and the deep fascia is found the external jugular vein. The deep fascia of the neck is divided into superficial

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