Parapharyngeal abscess: A difficult diagnosis in younger children

Sathyanarayan Sudhanthar, Anjali Garg, Jonathan Gold, Olga Napolova
Clinical Case Reports 2019, 7 (6): 1218-1221
Parapharyngeal abscess is a difficult diagnosis to make in the pediatric population. Children <3 years of age present with fever, often the only sign at the initial presentation, thus causing a delay in diagnosis until the patient presents with more focal findings, such as a painful neck mass. Repeated follow-up visits with the patient until the diagnosis is confirmed are critically important to prevent complications.

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