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Severe Sepsis in a Patient With Retropharyngeal Abscess Due to Streptococcus acidominimus

Popescu, Gabriel Adrian MD, PhD; Gavriliu, Liana Catalina MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: November 2011 - Volume 19 - Issue 6 - p 436-438
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31820dc5c3
Case Reports

Retropharyngeal abscess is a rare disease in adults. Our report describes a case due to Streptococcus acidominimus, with multiple organ failure. The outcome was favorable with only antimicrobial and dexamethasone therapy; tonsillectomy was performed after clinical improvement. To our knowledge, it is the first case of retropharyngeal abscess with this etiology in humans.

From the Matei Bals National Infectious Diseases Institute, and Carol Davila School of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania.

Correspondence to: Gabriel Adrian Popescu, MD, PhD, Str. Brebu, nr.4, bl. T 11, ap. 12, sector 2, Bucharest, Romania. E-mail:

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.