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Suppurative Adenopathy of Retropharyngeal Space
Bernadette L. Koch, MD; H. Ric Harnsberger, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            • Diagnostic Checklist

              TERMINOLOGY

              • Abbreviations

                • Retropharyngeal space (RPS)
              • Synonyms

                • Retropharyngeal adenitis, intranodal abscess
              • Definitions

                • Formation of pus in RPS node draining H&N infection

              IMAGING

              • General Features

                • CT Findings

                  • MR Findings

                    • Imaging Recommendations

                      DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                        PATHOLOGY

                        • General Features

                          • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                            • Microscopic Features

                              CLINICAL ISSUES

                              • Presentation

                                • Demographics

                                  • Natural History & Prognosis

                                    • Treatment

                                      DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                      • Consider

                                        • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                          Selected References

                                          1. DonĂ  D et al: Deep neck abscesses in children: an Italian retrospective study. Pediatr Emerg Care. ePub, 2020
                                          2. Hansen BW et al: Infections of deep neck spaces. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 41(1):74-84, 2020
                                          3. Carroll W et al: Is vessel narrowing secondary to pediatric deep neck space infections of clinical significance? Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 125:56-8, 2019
                                          4. Shefelbine SE et al: Pediatric retropharyngeal lymphadenitis: differentiation from retropharyngeal abscess and treatment implications. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 136(2):182-8, 2007
                                          5. Luu TM et al: Acute adenitis in children: clinical course and factors predictive of surgical drainage. J Paediatr Child Health. 41(5-6):273-7, 2005
                                          6. Chong VF et al: Radiology of the retropharyngeal space. Clin Radiol. 55(10):740-8, 2000
                                          7. Ide C et al: Internal carotid artery narrowing in children with retropharyngeal lymphadenitis and abscess. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 21(1):233-4, 2000
                                          8. Hudgins PA et al: Internal carotid artery narrowing in children with retropharyngeal lymphadenitis and abscess. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 19(10):1841-3, 1998
                                          9. Davis WL et al: Retropharyngeal space: evaluation of normal anatomy and diseases with CT and MR imaging. Radiology. 174(1):59-64, 1990
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                                          KEY FACTS

                                          • Terminology

                                            • Imaging

                                              • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                                • Pathology

                                                  • Clinical Issues

                                                    • Diagnostic Checklist

                                                      TERMINOLOGY

                                                      • Abbreviations

                                                        • Retropharyngeal space (RPS)
                                                      • Synonyms

                                                        • Retropharyngeal adenitis, intranodal abscess
                                                      • Definitions

                                                        • Formation of pus in RPS node draining H&N infection

                                                      IMAGING

                                                      • General Features

                                                        • CT Findings

                                                          • MR Findings

                                                            • Imaging Recommendations

                                                              DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                                PATHOLOGY

                                                                • General Features

                                                                  • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                                    • Microscopic Features

                                                                      CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                      • Presentation

                                                                        • Demographics

                                                                          • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                            • Treatment

                                                                              DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                              • Consider

                                                                                • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                                  Selected References

                                                                                  1. DonĂ  D et al: Deep neck abscesses in children: an Italian retrospective study. Pediatr Emerg Care. ePub, 2020
                                                                                  2. Hansen BW et al: Infections of deep neck spaces. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 41(1):74-84, 2020
                                                                                  3. Carroll W et al: Is vessel narrowing secondary to pediatric deep neck space infections of clinical significance? Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 125:56-8, 2019
                                                                                  4. Shefelbine SE et al: Pediatric retropharyngeal lymphadenitis: differentiation from retropharyngeal abscess and treatment implications. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 136(2):182-8, 2007
                                                                                  5. Luu TM et al: Acute adenitis in children: clinical course and factors predictive of surgical drainage. J Paediatr Child Health. 41(5-6):273-7, 2005
                                                                                  6. Chong VF et al: Radiology of the retropharyngeal space. Clin Radiol. 55(10):740-8, 2000
                                                                                  7. Ide C et al: Internal carotid artery narrowing in children with retropharyngeal lymphadenitis and abscess. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 21(1):233-4, 2000
                                                                                  8. Hudgins PA et al: Internal carotid artery narrowing in children with retropharyngeal lymphadenitis and abscess. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 19(10):1841-3, 1998
                                                                                  9. Davis WL et al: Retropharyngeal space: evaluation of normal anatomy and diseases with CT and MR imaging. Radiology. 174(1):59-64, 1990