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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is retropharyngeal abscess?

A retropharyngeal abscess is uncommon but potentially life-threatening. It is an infection that forms behind the back wall of the throat.

Symptoms of retropharyngeal abscess

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Neck pain or stiffness

  • Sore throat

  • Lymph node swelling that is persistent and increasing in size

  • Difficulty swallowing food due to throat pain

  • Fever

  • Throat swelling

  • Throat redness

Questions your doctor may ask to check for retropharyngeal abscess

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose retropharyngeal abscess

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

  • Do you have neck pain or stiffness?

  • Do you have a sore throat?

  • Has your swollen lymph nodes continue to grow larger?

  • Do you have pain when swallowing food?

Treatment for retropharyngeal abscess

Immediate management of retropharyngeal abscess includes attention to the airway, fluid resuscitation if necessary and antibiotic therapy. Surgical drainage is the mainstay of treatment.

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