What is the prognosis 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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  • Prognosis generally is good if retropharyngeal abscess is identified early, managed aggressively, and complications do not occur.

  • The mortality rate may be as high as 40-50% in patients in whom serious complications develop.

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