Title:
Deep neck infections: A retrospective study of 142 patients
Authors:
L. Jin and T. Zhang
Institutions:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Shanghai Childrens Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China; Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Eye and ENT Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Keywords:
Deep neck infection; parapharyngeal abscess
Pages:
127 - 132
Abstract:
Deep neck infections: A retrospective study of 142 patients.Objective: To present the symptoms, clinical courses, and management of patients with deep neck infections (DNIs) encountered in our department in 2003-2011. Methods: We reviewed the records of 142 patients diagnosed with DNIs that required hospitalization during an 8 y period. In addition, we conducted a follow-up of the patients by telephone interview. Results: The incidence of DNIs has increased significantly in our hospital since 2008. Tonsillitis (15%) and foreign bodies (11%) were the two leading causes. In 57% of the patients, the cause of DNI was not known. The most common underlying systemic disease was diabetes mellitus, noted in 21% of our patients. Branchial cleft cyst was the underlying etiology in five of the 11 patients with recurrent neck infections. Conclusion: Closer attention should be paid to DNI patients, especially to those with diabetes and hypertension. Recurrence of DNI was uncommon and suggested the existence of a branchial cleft cyst.
Issue:
Vol. 10, 2014, 2nd trimester


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Deep neck infections: A retrospective study of 142 patients