What is the prevalence 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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No accurate estimate of the overall frequency of deep neck space infections in the United States or worldwide presently exists. However, to assume that the incidence of infection in the United States is significantly lower than that of countries in which patients do not benefit from early medical intervention is reasonable. The complication rate is also likely to be greater in areas without wide access to modern medical treatment, including antibiotics, imaging modalities, and intensive care support.

A study by Adil et al, using information from the 2009 Kids’ Inpatient Database, estimated that there are more than 3400 US hospital admissions annually for pediatric deep neck space infections. [5]


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