TITLE

A case of neonatal stridor

AUTHOR(S)
Absullah, V.; Ng, S. K.; Chow, S. N.; Yau, F. T.; van Hasselt, C. A.
PUB. DATE
November 2002
SOURCE
Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal & Neonatal Edition;Nov2002, Vol. 87 Issue 3, p224
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Retropharyngeal abscesses commonly present in infants and young children. The dangers of a retropharyngeal abscess are airway obstruction and spread of infection to involve the carotid sheath and/or the mediastinum. Prompt treatment is therefore indicated. The airway, if compromised, should be secured before other diagnostic procedures; this is especially important in neonates. Oral intubation should be carried out with great caution to avoid rupturing the abscess, which could result in aspiration of its contents with fatal consequences. Parenteral antibiotics covering both aerobic and anaerobic flora of the upper aerodigestive tract should be prescribed.
ACCESSION #
10082756

 

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