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Retropharyngeal abscess

  • Symptoms
    • Breathing difficulty
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Drooling
    • High fever
    • High-pitched sound when inhaling (stridor)
    • Muscles between the ribs pull in when breathing (intercostal retractions)
    • Severe throat pain

    Signs and tests

    The health care provider will perform a physical exam and look inside the throat. The doctor or nurse may gently rub the back of the throat with a cotton swab, so that a sample of tissue can be more closely examined. This is called a throat culture.

    Other tests may include:

    • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • CT scan of the neck
    • X-ray of the neck