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Otolaryngol Pol. 2016 Apr 30;70(2):25-30. doi: 10.5604/00306657.1200650.

Deep neck infections - still important diagnostic and therapeutic problem.

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Clinical Department of Otolaryngology and Oncological Laryngology, Medical University of Lodz.

Abstract

Deep neck infections (DNI) are serious problem because of variable clinical manifestations. This condition affects fascial compartments of the head and neck and organs that they contain. Nowadays the incidence of DNI have decreased because of antibiotics use and improvements in oral hygiene. But it may still lead to many life-threatening complications due to numerous portals of entry and proximity to vital structures. Furthermore, the inappropriate use of antibiotics, steroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may mask signs of infection and change the clinical presentation, and also lead to a different courses of disease. In the literature, especially in complicated cases, the mortality may range up to 42%.

PMID:
27386830
DOI:
10.5604/00306657.1200650
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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