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Predictors for Successful Treatment of Pediatric Deep Neck Infections Using Antimicrobials Alone

Bolton, Michael MD*; Wang, Wei MS; Hahn, Andrea MD*; Ramilo, Octavio MD*; Mejias, Asuncion MD, PhD*; Jaggi, Preeti MD*

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: September 2013 - Volume 32 - Issue 9 - p 1034–1036
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31829331f2
Brief Reports

Among hospitalized children with parapharyngeal or retropharyngeal infection, multivariate analysis was performed for the outcomes: successful treatment with antibiotics alone, absence of complications and length of stay less than 3 days. Those with apparent abscess on computed tomography scan had a lower probability of treatment with antimicrobials alone while older age was associated with increased probability of treatment with antibiotics alone.

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From the Department of Pediatrics, Division of *Infectious Diseases and Biostatistics Core, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH.

Accepted for publication March 20, 2013.

This work was partially presented at the Infectious Diseases Society of America Meeting, October, 2010.

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

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Address for correspondence: Preeti Jaggi, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, ED 154, Columbus, OH 43205. E-mail:

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