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May 1984

Recurrent Retropharyngeal Abscess

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA Center for the Health Sciences.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1984;110(5):337-338. doi:10.1001/archotol.1984.00800310061014

• An infant had a case of recurrent retropharyngeal abscess. This clinical entity usually follows an upper respiratory tract infection with involvement of the retropharyngeal lymph nodes. Management includes incision and drainage as the patient's clinical status dictates and may require long-term intravenous antibiotic therapy. A biopsy of the abscess wall, assessment of the patient's immunocompetence, and a search for contributory anatomic defects may be useful. A computed tomographic scan is a valuable technique for diagnosis and follow-up.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1984;110:337-338)

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