Foreign body ingestion and etiology for retropharyngeal abscess in diabetic patients
Pharyngeal abscess including para and regtorpharyngeal abscess are potentially life-threatening conditions. A review in literature reveals that these infections are more prevalent and more complicated in patients with diabetes mellitus and their management is more difficult with higher rate of mortality and morbidity. Study design: A prospective study on 4 cases during a 21 month period in Imam Khomeini hospital in the Ahwaz city. Materials and methods: All diabetic patients suspected for retropharyngeal abscess were chosen and history, physical examination, type of antibiotics used, methods for surgery, and out come were studied thoroughly. Conclusion: Foreign body ingestion is a common etiology for retropharyngeal abscess formation in diabetic patients. Vigorous antibiotic therapy with surgical drainage along with control of glycemic state is essential for successful treatment.