Retropharyngeal Abscess: Diagnosis and Treatment Update
Brian K. Reilly and James S. Reilly
Affiliation: National Children’s Medical Center, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA.
Retropharyngeal abscess is a deep neck space infection that may present in various subtle ways permitting potentially
lethal complications to occur before appropriate diagnosis is made and expedient management undertaken. This
article reviews in detail the pertinent anatomy, diagnostic pearls, and clinical recommendations to optimally manage these
common infections in children.
Keywords: Abscess, imaging, infection, neck, pediatric, retropharyngeal, Retropharyngeal abscess, diagnosis, pertinent anatomy, clinical recommendations, deep cervical tissue planes, buccopharyngeal fascia, diagnostic pearls, phlegmon
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