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

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Robert Knox
A course of IV antibiotics is often sufficient treatment, especially in younger children. If not improving with antibiotics, then surgery to drain the abscess is necessary.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Drainage

One way or another it must be drained.
Open surgery or needle drainage with high dose antibiotics.

In brief: Drainage

One way or another it must be drained.
Open surgery or needle drainage with high dose antibiotics.
Dr. David Astrachan
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