Early recognition of airway compromise following a retropharyngeal abscess in the emergency department.
Retropharyngeal abscesses are extremely rare in adults. When they occur, tuberculous infections
are commonly implicated. In terms of pathophysiology, suppurative inflammation involving the retropharyngeal space,
result in an acute suppurative lymphadenitis which can track down leading to different
complications. These abscesses are more common in infants and younger children; associated
with acute upper respiratory tract infection or lymphadenitis