Original Article

Deep Neck Infections: A Retrospective Analysis of Eighty Five Cases


  • Cemal Hacı
  • Reşit Murat Açıkalın
  • Ali Alper Bayram
  • Zafer Gezginadam
  • Samet Çağrı Coşkun

Received Date: 22.01.2016 Accepted Date: 22.01.2016 Med Bull Haseki 2016;54(3):158-160


In our study, we assessed symptoms and treatment outcomes in patients with deep neck infections (DNI). It often has a rapid onset and can cause lethal complications.


A retrospective designed study of 85 patients diagnosed with DNI such as peritonsillar, parapharyngeal, and submandibular abscesses.


A total of 85 patients were diagnosed with DNI. 33 of the 85 patients were younger than 18 (group of children), and 52 were older than 18 years of age (group of adults). The mean age of the patients was 24.109±14.003 (4-54) years. Trismus, fever, odynophagia and pain were the most common complaints in both groups. In the adults group, the peritonsillar space was the most common site of infection (49%). In children group, the parapharyngeal space was the most common site of infection (35%). All patients were given intravenous antibiotic therapy and additional drainage of the abscess was also carried out for some of the patients. Most frequently, intravenous ampicillin-sulbactam alone or in combination with metronidazole was administrated to the patients.


Most of the cases of DNI can be treated with intravenous antibiotics in spite of the fact that if there is no clinical healing, drainage is needed.

Keywords: Absces, neck, parapharyngeal spcace

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