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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 200
Paediatric acute retropharyngeal abscesses

Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

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Date of Web Publication20-May-2014

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Wiwanitkit V. Paediatric acute retropharyngeal abscesses. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2014;11:200

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Wiwanitkit V. Paediatric acute retropharyngeal abscesses. Afr J Paediatr Surg [serial online] 2014 [cited 2022 Dec 3];11:200. Available from:

The recent report on "paediatric acute retropharyngeal abscesses (RPA)" is very interesting. [1] A study by Nazir et al. concluded that "children with RPA most commonly present with restricted neck movements, fever and cervical lymphadenopathy and rarely with respiratory distress or stridor. [1]" In fact, this finding is similar to reports from other setting. However, focusing on the problem of stridor, the data of the prevalence is different from previous report from Nigeria. Nwaorgu et al. in their study have reported that stridor is a common complication of RPA and it could be seen in 57%. [2] It is recommended that this is an emergency condition. Antibiotic administration and early surgical drainage is recommended. [3]

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1.Nazir KA, Fozia PA, Ul Islam M, Shakil A, Patigaroo SA. Paediatric acute retropharyngeal abscesses: An experience. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2013;10:327-35.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Nwaorgu OG, Onakoya PA, Fasunla JA, Ibekwe TS. Retropharyngeal abscess: A clinical experience at the University College Hospital Ibadan. Niger J Med 2005;14:415-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Sasidaran K, Bansal A, Singhi S. Acute upper airway obstruction. Indian J Pediatr 2011;78:1256-61.  Back to cited text no. 3

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Prof. Viroj Wiwanitkit
Hainan Medical University, Hainan
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.132857

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