What are the racial predilections of retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

Updated: Jan 08, 2021
  • Author: Joseph H Kahn, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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In a 10-year review of retropharyngeal abscess cases treated at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, 70% of patients were Black, 25% were White, and 5% were Hispanic.

A study of pediatric patients with retropharyngeal abscess at Wayne State University in Detroit revealed 43% of cases occurred in Blacks, 54% in Whites, 1% in Hispanics, and 1% in biracial. [30]

In the United States, in 2003, a review of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) revealed 1321 pediatric admissions with retropharyngeal abscess, of which 37.4% were White, 11.7% were Black, 11.1% were Hispanic, 2% were Asian, and 3.8% were other races, with the race not being recorded in the rest of the patients. [28]


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