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Retropharyngeal abscess

  • Definition

    Retropharyngeal abscess is a collection of pus in the tissues in the back of the throat. It is a potentially life-threatening medical condition.

    See also:

    • Ludwig's angina
    • Peritonsillar abscess

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Retropharyngeal abscess generally affects children under age 5, but it can occur at any age.

    Infected material (pus) builds up in the space around the tissues at the back of the throat. This can occur during or immediately after a throat infection.