Retropharyngeal abscess

A retropharyngeal abscess occurs when a throat infection forms a collection of pus (abscess) in the back of the throat.

A retropharyngeal abscess usually needs to be drained and treated with antibiotics.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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