A to Z: Retropharyngeal Abscessenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgRetropharyngeal abscess is an area of infected, pus-filled tissue that forms in the deep tissues in the back of the throat.retropharyngeal abscess, abscess, retropharyngeal space, pharynx, larynx, trachea, nasal cavity, throat, mouth, infection, upper respiratory infection, tonsillitis, tonsils, sinusitis, sinuses10/26/201204/11/201909/02/2019d56a1b44-ca3d-4e28-9366-2878acb210adhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-retropharyngeal.html/<p>Retropharyngeal (reh-tro-fah-RIN-jee-ul)&nbsp;abscess is an area of infected, pus-filled tissue that forms in the deep tissues in the back of the throat. An <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/abscess.html/">abscess</a> is a collection of pus made up&nbsp;of white blood cells, debris, and germs that cause infection.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>In the back of the throat, there is&nbsp;a structure called the pharynx, which sits behind the nasal cavity and the mouth. The pharynx helps to assist in breathing, eating, and talking. Behind the pharynx in the deeper tissues is a layer of soft tissue called the retropharyngeal space. An abscess in this space is usually a complication of a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tonsil.html/">tonsil</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sinusitis.html/">sinus</a>, or ear infection.</p> <p>Retropharyngeal abscess can cause pain, difficulty swallowing, drooling, neck stiffness, and breathing difficulties.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Retropharyngeal abscess is a serious infection that may be life threatening if left untreated. It can usually be treated with antibiotics and by a surgical procedure that involves draining the abscess. It's important to treat retropharyngeal abscess early, before the infection spreads or causes difficulty breathing. If you have concerns, see a doctor right away.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
AbscessAn abscess is a sign of an infection, usually on the skin. Find out what to do if your child develops one.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/abscess.html/f31fd7e9-3f18-41b3-9409-0075181f6ca4
Middle Ear Infections (Otitis Media)Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they're treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/e9397262-2aa6-4c43-b09e-1ce26c2ae7da
Peritonsillar AbscessA peritonsillar abscess is an area of pus-filled tissue at the back of the mouth, next to one of the tonsils. Find out how it happens and what to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/peritonsillar-abscess.html/53c0cdfe-b374-4d71-827c-fdd5c5f01133
SinusitisSinus infections, or sinusitis, are common and easily treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sinusitis.html/98e3dd54-b0fb-4390-98f2-2ca7053934f4
Strep ThroatStrep throat is a common cause of sore throat in kids and teens. It usually requires treatment with antibiotics, but improves in a few days.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strep-throat.html/4504e91d-3bbd-4d1a-beb8-516fc25df480
TonsillitisTonsillitis is an infection that makes tonsils swollen and red. It can cause a sore throat, fever, swollen glands, and trouble swallowing.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tonsillitis.html/b84c2f06-f125-483f-a524-334ba7ca6dfe
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