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METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS AS A CAUSE OF EXTENSIVE RETROPHARYNGEAL ABSCESS IN TWO INFANTS

Fleisch, Abby F. MD*; Nolan, Sheila MD†; Gerber, Jeffrey MD, PhD†; Coffin, Susan E. MD, MPH†‡

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3181461b3a
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Abstract

We report 2 cases of extensive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) retropharyngeal abscesses in young infants. In 1 case, the abscess was associated with a reactive thrombosis of the jugular vein. Based on the existing literature and the rapid emergence of MRSA skin and soft tissue infections, it is possible that similar severe infections will occur with increasing frequency in young infants.

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From the *Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL; †Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and ‡Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Accepted for publication June 21, 2007.

Address for correspondence: Susan E. Coffin, MD, MPH, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104. E-mail: coffin@email.chop.edu.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.