When is patient transfer indicated for the treatment 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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  • Community hospitals without CT scanning or access to an ENT surgeon may need to transfer patients with suspected or known retropharyngeal abscess.

  • Patients with known or suspected retropharyngeal abscess may need to be intubated before transport, depending on their clinical status.

  • Intravenous antibiotics may be given prior to transfer but should not delay the transfer.

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