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Korean J Pediatr 2013 February;56(2) :86-89.
Published online 2012 October 24.        doi:
Retropharyngeal abscess coinfected with Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis after rhinoviral infection in a 1-monthold infant
Jeong Hee Shin (Shin JH)1, Se In Sung (Sung SI)2, Jin Kyu Kim (Kim JK)3, Ji Mi Jung (Jung JM)4, Eun Sun Kim (Kim ES)2, Soo Han Choi (Choi SH)2, Yae Jean Kim (Kim YJ)2, Kang Mo Ahn (Ahn KM)2, Yun Sil Chang (Chang YS)2, Won Soon Park (Park WS)2
1Department of Pediatrics, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
3Department of Pediatrics, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, Korea
4Department of Pediatrics, Inje University Busan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea
Corresponding Author: Won Soon Park ,Tel: +82-2-3410-3523, Fax: +82-2-3410-0043, Email:
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A retropharyngeal abscess is a rare disease entity in young infants but can develop after nasopharyngeal viral infection. Group B Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus are the most common pathogens in young infants, however, Mycobacterium tuberculosis is very rare. We report the case of retropharyngeal abscess and coinfection with Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a very young infant presenting with respiratory symptoms due to upper airway obstruction. Usually tuberculous retropharyngeal abscesses are caused by the direct invasion of the bacteria from the spine via anterior longitudinal ligament of the spine. However, in this case, no associated spinal disease was observed.
Keywords: Retropharyngeal abscess | Staphylococcus aureus | Mycobacterium tuberculosis
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