What is the role of nasopharyngolaryngoscopy in the workup 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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Nasopharyngolaryngoscopy

  • A review of the literature did not reveal a role for nasopharyngolaryngoscopy use in the diagnosis of retropharyngeal abscess.

  • Safety of this procedure in the setting of retropharyngeal abscess is unclear.

  • Nasopharyngolaryngoscopy has been performed preoperatively in two adults, but no reports of its use in children have been found.


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