DEEP NECK INFECTION

These are infections (cellulitis or abscesses) in the potential spaces around the neck, e.g., peritonsillar space, retropharyngeal space, submandibular space and parapharyngeal space.

Management

  • Start on systemic antibiotics, e.g., amoxicillin or amoxicillin + clavulanic acid then refer because of the risk of airway obstruction.
  • Treatment with antibiotics for LESS THAN 7 days may NOT prevent rheumatic fever.