What is included in prehospital care of a retropharyngeal abscess (RPA)?

Updated: Jan 08, 2021
  • Author: Joseph H Kahn, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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  • Supplemental oxygen and attention to upper airway patency are the essential components of prehospital care in patients with suspected retropharyngeal abscess.

  • If a child exhibits respiratory distress, the sniffing position may be beneficial.

  • Occasionally, endotracheal intubation or cricothyrotomy may be required if the patient exhibits signs of upper airway obstruction.

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