Retropharyngeal Abscess Questions & Answers

Updated: Jan 08, 2021
  • Author: Joseph H Kahn, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What is the pathophysiology of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What is the prevalence of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) in the US?

What is the global prevalence of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What is the mortality and morbidity associated with retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What are the racial predilections of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What are the sexual predilections of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

Presentation

What are the signs and symptoms of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) in children?

What are the signs and symptoms of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) in infants?

What are the signs and symptoms of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) in adults?

Which physical findings are characteristic of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) in infants and children?

Which physical findings are characteristic of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) in adults?

What causes a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

Which organisms cause retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) in adults?

Which organisms cause retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) in children?

DDX

Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What are the differential diagnoses for Retropharyngeal Abscess?

Workup

What is the role of lab tests in the workup of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What procedures are used in airway management of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What is the role of nasopharyngolaryngoscopy in the workup of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

Treatment

What is included in prehospital care of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

How is a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) treated?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What is the efficacy of nonsurgical treatment of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Retropharyngeal Abscess?

Which medications in the drug class Cephalosporins, Other are used in the treatment of Retropharyngeal Abscess?

Which medications in the drug class Penicillins, Extended-Spectrum are used in the treatment of Retropharyngeal Abscess?

Which medications in the drug class Glycopeptides are used in the treatment of Retropharyngeal Abscess?

Which medications in the drug class Penicillins, Amino are used in the treatment of Retropharyngeal Abscess?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics, Lincosamide are used in the treatment of Retropharyngeal Abscess?

Which medications in the drug class Fluoroquinolones are used in the treatment of Retropharyngeal Abscess?

Which medications in the drug class Nitroimidazoles are used in the treatment of Retropharyngeal Abscess?

Which medications in the drug class Cephalosporins, 3rd Generation are used in the treatment of Retropharyngeal Abscess?

Follow-up

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

When is patient transfer indicated for the treatment of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

How is a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) prevented?

What are the possible complications of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What is the prognosis of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

What is included in patient education about retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?