Which medical advancements have led to reduced mortality and morbidity of deep neck infections?

Updated: Apr 30, 2020
  • Author: Alan D Murray, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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In the past, infections of the deep neck spaces were associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. The overwhelming complication rate of the past has been reduced with the advent of modern microbiology and hematology, the development of sophisticated diagnostic tools (eg, computed tomography [CT] scanning, magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]), the effectiveness of modern antibiotics, and the continued development of medical intensive care protocols and surgical techniques.


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