What are the sexual 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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Retropharyngeal abscess is more common in males than in females, with generally reported male preponderance of 53-55%.

  • Children's Hospital of Michigan reports 54% of cases of RPA in males in a 2012 study. [16]

  • A study of children with retropharyngeal abscess in Toronto reported 67% of cases in males.

  • A study of retropharyngeal abscess in children in Detroit found 56% of cases in males. [30]

  • A study of adults with deep space infections of the neck in Germany revealed that 56% of patients were male and 44% were female. [27]

  • A study of cases in Nigeria found a male-to-female ratio of 1:1. [31]

  • In the United States, in 2003, a review of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) revealed 1321 pediatric admissions with retropharyngeal abscess, of which 63% were male. [28]

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