Pediatric Retropharyngeal Abscess Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Feb 14, 2023
  • Author: Vijay A Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
  • Print

Diagnostic Considerations

In addition to the conditions listed in the differential diagnosis below, other medical problems to be considered include the following:

  • Branchial cleft cyst
  • Epstein-Barr virus infection
  • Ludwig angina
  • Retropharyngeal hematoma
  • Retropharyngeal thyroid tissue
  • Retropharyngeal tumor
  • Tendonitis of longus colli muscle
  • Thyroglossal duct cyst

Differential Diagnoses