Image-guided surgical drainage of medial parapharyngeal abscesses in children: A novel adjuvant to a difficult approach
Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Child; Image-guided surgery; Neck abscess; Parapharyngeal space
Surgical drainage of localized infections in deep neck spaces in children is often completed without a high degree of technical difficulty. However, abscess drainage within the superior parapharyngeal space medial to the great vessels is particularly challenging for otolaryngologists. Drawbacks to both the intraoral and external approaches to this area have led us to develop a new adjunctive technique that utilizes intraoperative image-guided technology to augment the intraoral approach. Here we present a case series of 12 children in whom this technique was successfully used.
Cable, B., Bauman, N., Brenner, P., & Mair, E. (2004). Image-guided surgical drainage of medial parapharyngeal abscesses in children: A novel adjuvant to a difficult approach. Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, 113 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/000348940411300206