A study of deep space infections of neck


  • Thimmappa T. D. Department of ENT, SIMS, Shivamogga, Karnataka, India
  • Ramesh S. Department of ENT, SIMS, Shivamogga, Karnataka, India
  • Nagraj M. Department of ENT, SIMS, Shivamogga, Karnataka, India
  • Gangadhara K. S. Department of ENT, SIMS, Shivamogga, Karnataka, India




Deep neck spaces infection, Morbidity, Life risk, Incision & drainage, Culture of pus, Antibiotic therapy


Background: The objective of the study was to analyse the signs and symptoms, etiology, site and outcome of deep space infections of neck.

Methods: This was retrospective study and included 50 patients admitted with deep neck space infections to Government Mc Gann teaching hospital SIMS, Shimoga, Karnataka, India between January 2009 – January 2015.  

Results: The extreme age group, high virulence of organism, underlying clinical conditions, low socioeconomic groups are vulnerable for above infections. Mortality in 3 cases was due to mediastinitis and extended space infection.

Conclusions: Deep neck space infection is still a challenging disease in otorhinolaryngology. Early surgical drainage remains the main method of treating deep neck abscesses and conservative medical treatment are effective in selective cases that have minimal cellulitis.


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