Which organisms cause retropharyngeal abscess (RPA) in children?

Updated: Jan 08, 2021
  • Author: Joseph H Kahn, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Organisms causing retropharyngeal abscess in children include the following:

  • Group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes) [30, 4]  - The incidence is increasing (54%), according to review of cases at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. [15]

  • S aureus [30]

  • MRSA [16, 39, 43, 44]

  • Haemophilus species

  • Bacteroides species

  • Peptostreptococcus species

  • Fusobacterium species

  • Prevotella species

  • Veillonella species [4]

  • Staphylococcus coagulase negative

  • Brucella species


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