During drainage of deep neck abscess, a surgical incision is made to allow for drainage of a peritonsillar or pharyngeal abscess located at the back of the throat. During the procedure, the patient is intubated.
Also Known As:
- Neck abscess surgery
- Abscess drainage
Conditions Treated with Drainage of Deep Neck Abscess:
Drainage of deep neck abscess is performed in cases of retropharyngeal, parapharyngeal and peritonsillar abscesses.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to drainage of deep neck abscess.
Anesthesia with Drainage of Deep Neck Abscess:
Deep neck abscess is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Drainage of Deep Neck Abscess:
Possible risks following drainage of deep neck abscess include infection, bleeding, edema and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience aspiration in case of abscess rupture, for the airway to be damaged upon intubation and for an emergency tracheostomy to be needed.
Prognosis after Drainage of Deep Neck Abscess:
The prognosis for a positive end result following drainage of deep neck abscess is good.