The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2017 , Vol 59 , Num 6
A genuine pediatric parapharyngeal abscess a year after uneventful adenotonsillectomy
Giuseppe Brescia 1 ,Barbara Pedruzzi 1-2 ,Roberto Stramare 3 ,Alfonso Luca Pendolino 1 ,Alessandro Martini 1 ,Gino Marioni 1
1 Department of Neurosciences DNS, Otolaryngology Section, Padova University, Padova, Italy
2 ENT Unit, Monselice Hospital, Monselice, Padova, Italy
3 Department of Medicine DIMED, Padova University, Padova, Italy
DOI : 10.24953/turkjped.2017.06.018 Brescia G, Pedruzzi B, Stramare R, Pendolino AL, Martini A, Marioni G. A genuine pediatric parapharyngeal abscess a year after uneventful adenotonsillectomy. Turk J Pediatr 2017; 59: 715-718.

It is unusual for a parapharyngeal abscess (PA) to occur late after an adenotonsillectomy. We report herein a 13-year-old female patient who developed a PA a year after an uneventful adenotonsillectomy.

The patient underwent 2 surgical explorations and was given intravenous antibiotic treatment. She was discharged in good general condition after spending 7 days in hospital.

The potential pathophysiological mechanisms behind PA formation late after tonsillectomy or adenotonsillectomy, and rational treatments for PA are critically discussed. Keywords : parapharyngeal abscess, adenotonsillectomy, deep neck infection, pediatric, rational treatment

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