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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 9298143, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/9298143
Case Report

Varicella Infection Complicated by Group A Beta-Hemolytic Streptococcal Retropharyngeal Abscess

1College of Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
2Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, 925 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
3Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery and Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033, USA

Received 6 May 2016; Accepted 14 August 2016

Academic Editor: Nicolas Perez-Fernandez

Copyright © 2016 Christine M. Clark et al. 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.

Abstract

An unimmunized 19-month-old child presented with a retropharyngeal abscess and coincident varicella infection. The abscess resolved with operative drainage. This is the first published report of this connection, although varicella is known to be associated with abscesses in general. Practitioners should be aware that cervical abscesses may complicate varicella infections.