Potential for severe airway obstruction from pediatric retropharyngeal abscess

Michelle M. LeRiger, Veronica Miler, Joseph D. Tobias, Vidya T. Raman, Charles A. Elmaraghy, Kris R. Jatana

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Retropharyngeal abscesses in the pediatric population can cause severe respiratory distress. We report a rare case of significant airway obstruction in a 14-month-old patient requiring rapid, emergent tracheotomy after attempts at endotracheal intubation by an experienced airway surgeon were unsuccessful. The patient was diagnosed with streptococcal pharyngitis 9 days prior to presentation to our facility and was being treated with amoxicillin. Prompt diagnosis, communication, and appropriate multidisciplinary airway management can lead to successful outcomes even in these severe cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-384
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Medical Case Reports Journal
StatePublished - Nov 23 2017


  • Emergent tracheotomy
  • Pediatric airway obstruction
  • Pharyngitis
  • Respiratory distress
  • Retropharyngeal abscess

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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