Management of deep neck infection by a transnasal approach: A case report

Yuh Baba, Yasumasa Kato, Hideyuki Saito, Kaoru Ogawa

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Introduction. Deep neck infection is a life-threatening condition, and intravenous antibiotic therapy is preferable in the early stages of the disease. However, in the advanced stages, surgical drainage should be performed. Although several surgical treatment strategies are available, it is necessary to standardize treatment according to the patient's general condition and history. Case presentation. We report the case of a 68-year-old man with a deep neck abscess and with severe diabetes mellitus and inflammation. Computed tomography identified a deep neck infection extending from the level of the epipharynx to that of the hyoid bone. We performed surgical drainage by transnasal endoscopy. The patient exhibited no evidence of either recurrent disease or post-surgical complications within 30 months of follow-up. Conclusions. This case report provides evidence that transnasal endoscopic drainage should be recommended as a standard approach in patients with a deep neck abscess and with a severe general condition, diabetes mellitus, and inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7317
JournalJournal of Medical Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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