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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 943090, 5 pages
Case Report

Ingestion and Pharyngeal Trauma Causing Secondary Retropharyngeal Abscess in Five Adult Patients

1Department of Surgery, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana
2Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University, P.O. Box 9700, Halifax, NS, Canada B3K 6R8
3School of Human Communication Disorders, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2

Received 12 September 2012; Accepted 31 October 2012

Academic Editors: H. David, K. Imanaka, C. H. Loh, and H. P. Wu

Copyright © 2012 Sudhir B. Sharma and Paul Hong. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Retropharyngeal abscess most commonly occurs in children. When present in adults the clinical features may not be typical, and associated immunosuppression or local trauma can be part of the presentation. We present a case series of five adult patients who developed foreign body ingestion trauma associated retropharyngeal abscess. The unusual pearls of each case, along with their outcomes, are discussed. Pertinent information for the emergency medicine physician regarding retropharyngeal abscess is presented as well.