Late Evolution of Deep Neck Space Abscess: Was Intubation the Cause?
KeywordsDeep neck space, parapharyngeal abscess, MRSA, intubation
Introduction: Deep neck abscess in adults may occur as a result of local trauma, foreign body inoculation or immunosuppression.
Method: We describe a case of deep neck abscess that developed after recent hospitalization and intubation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation.
Discussion: The incidence of deep neck abscesses has dramatically reduced due to the use of antibiotics. However, if present, they need prompt surgical drainage due to their proximity to the nearby vasculature of the neck.
Conclusion: This case highlights the need for physician awareness of the clinical presentation of the unique complications of deep neck abscess developing after hospitalization.
Issue: 2022: Vol 9 No 6 (view)