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Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp. 2007 Mar;58(3):105-9.

[Treatment of peripharyngeal abscesses by means of intra-oral puncture-aspiration and drainage].

[Article in Spanish]

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Servicio de Otorrinolaringología., Hospitales Universitarios Virgen del Rocío, Sevilla, España. pedrobenaixa@tiscali.es

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Parapharyngeal and retropharyngeal abscesses are life-threatening infections, with a much lower incidence since the advent of antibiotics. However, they still represent a considerable number of emergency visits to reference centres where they are managed with various protocols to improve both morbidity and mortality.

PATIENTS AND METHOD:

Medical records of 25 consecutive patients at our institution (17 adults and 8 children) diagnosed and treated with the same protocol for peripharyngeal abscess were retrospectively reviewed.

RESULTS:

All cases were managed using a minimally-invasive intra-oral approach, with resolution of the clinical findings and symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:

Puncture with intra-oral aspiration and/or drainage of peripharyngeal abscesses is an effective option instead of the external approach.

PMID:
17371693
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