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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Retropharyngeal Abscess (Overview)

A collection of pus in the lymph nodes at the back of the throat.


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What's the best treatment to get rid of a retropharyngeal abscess?

What's the best treatment to get rid of a retropharyngeal abscess?

Throat abscess: A retropharyngeal abscess is an infection with a large pocket of pus in the back of your throat. It is usually painful and, if large enough, may obstruct your breathing. The only reliable procedure is surgical drainage by an ENT physician. In some cases just draining the pus with a needle may be enough. Antibiotics are also used in treatment, but are not effective enough when used alone. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
19 doctors shared insights

Retropharyngeal Abscess (Overview)

A collection of pus in the lymph nodes at the back of the throat.


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What is the definition or description of: retropharyngeal abscess?

What is the definition or description of: retropharyngeal abscess?

Retropharyngabscess : Fascial layers in head and neck allow muscles and soft tissue glide over each other with ease. Since these layers lay on top of each other, potential space can be created in between them. There are many potential spaces in the head and neck. Retropharyngeal space is between buccopharyngeal fascia and alar fascia. Serious infections can arise from teeth infection and travel to this space. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
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If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
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If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
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Can you have retropharyngeal abscess with no symptoms? What are the usual symptoms?

Can you have retropharyngeal abscess with no symptoms? What are the usual symptoms?

No: You would likely have significant symptoms. Fever, malaise, sore and difficult swallowing. If a doc told you this was the diagnosis, you should be hospitalized and have a drainage procedure. The specialist involved with this abscess is an ENT doc. ...Read more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See dentist ASAP
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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What's the best treatment to get rid of a retropharyngeal abscess?

Throat abscess: A retropharyngeal abscess is an infection with a large pocket of pus in the back of your throat. It is usually painful and, if large enough, may obstruct your breathing. The only reliable procedure is surgical drainage by an ENT physician. In some cases just draining the pus with a needle may be enough. Antibiotics are also used in treatment, but are not effective enough when used alone. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of abscess?

What are the symptoms of abscess?

Inflammation: Abscess is the result of acute suppurative inflammation and inflammation produces, pain, swelling, redness, local warmth and loss of function of the affected part. There may be fever, malaise etc. Depending on the location and size of the abscess. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an abscess?

What sort of problem is an abscess?

Let me explain: An abscess (latin: abscessus) is a collection of pus (dead neutrophils) that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue in which the pus resides due to an infectious process (usually caused by bacteria or parasites) or other foreign materials (e.g., splinters, bullet wounds, or injecting needles). It is a defensive reaction of the tissue to prevent the spread of infectious materials to other. ...Read more

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How to ease abscess pain for a baby?

Med tx: Acutually, if a baby has an abscess - that warrants prompt medical attention. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more