1995 Volume 38 Issue 1 Pages 39-44
Deep neck infection is a severe disease, and commonly occurs is adults. The pediatric case is rare. We experienced a 2 years and 7 months old female patient with deep neck infection originated in the parapharyngeal space. It was first observed in the submandibular space and spreaded under the platisma. By means of surgical drainage and antibiotic therapy, it was cured one week after the operation. Literature of pediatric parapharyngeal abscess is reviewed. Most cases developed from retropharyngeal abscesses and there were a few cases of parapharyngeal abscesses. Parapharyngeal abscesses of pediatric cases without tonsillitis and/or retropharyngeal abscess seem to spread to the outward because of the weakness of the surrounding connective tissues. It is important to know that there are differences in etiological factors and clinical behaviors between the adult case and pediatric one.