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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.

Last Revised: August 2, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology

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