Author(s): Dodds B, Maniglia AJ
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Abstract A retrospective study was performed on 93 abscesses in children admitted for diagnosis and treatment at Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland, during a 15-year period from 1972 to 1987. Forty-five percent were peritonsillar, 20.5\% superficial neck, 21.5\% submandibular-submental, 9.6\% retropharyngeal, and 3.4\% parapharyngeal. All four complications resolved without sequelae. Early diagnosis and adequate treatment were of paramount importance to achieve a low complication rate and a short hospital stay. Bacteriology and antibiotic therapy, as well as surgical treatment, are discussed.
This article was published in Laryngoscope
and referenced in Emergency Medicine: Open Access