Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pharyngeal Abscess Evaluation

The evaluation of someone who may have a retropharyngeal abscess begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a retropharyngeal abscess may include:

Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of a retropharyngeal abscess.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a retropharyngeal abscess include:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pharyngeal Abscess References
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  3. Philpott CM, Selvadurai D, Banerjee AR. Paediatric retropharyngeal abscess. J Laryngol Otol. 2004 Dec;118(12):919-26. [15667676]
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