Retropharyngeal abscess

Case contributed by Mohammad Taghi Niknejad
Diagnosis almost certain


Recent neck swelling and fever.

Patient Data

Age: 3 months
Gender: Female

Marked widening of the pre-vertebral soft tissue with air fluid level.

Case Discussion

Findings are typical for retropharyngeal abscess formation, which is  is a potentially life-threatening infection involving the retropharyngeal space that requires prompt diagnosis and aggressive therapy.

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