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A retropharyngeal abscess occurs when a throat infection forms a collection of pus (abscess) in the back of the throat.
A retropharyngeal abscess usually needs to be drained and treated with antibiotics.
Last Revised: August 2, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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