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Retropharyngeal abscess as a complication of oropharyngeal trauma in an 18-month-old child

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gerard Siou, Philip Yates


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An 18-month-old boy presented to the accident and emergency department following trauma to the oropharynx by a doll's umbrella. Although no significant injury could be identified at first, it later transpired that he had developed retropharyngeal surgical emphysema with abscess. This case report aims to review the nature of retropharyngeal abscesses and to highlight and re-emphasize the fact that apparently non-serious pharyngeal injuries in children should be treated with suspicion.

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Author(s): Siou G, Yates P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Year: 2000

Volume: 114

Issue: 3

Pages: 227-228

ISSN (print): 0022-2151

ISSN (electronic): 1748-5460

Publisher: Cambridge University Press