Diagnosis and management decisions in infections of the deep fascial spaces of the head and neck utilizing computerized tomography

The Laryngoscope
J N EndicottC A Saraceno


Infections of the deep spaces of the head and neck may still result in major consequences despite the advent of antibiotics. Abscesses in these areas merit special consideration by today's head and neck surgeon because of their relative rarity and the life-threatening complications that may follow inadequate treatment. Diagnosis and management decisions are enhanced by use of computerized tomography (CT) as an adjunctive study. The EMI scan may demonstrate either cellulitis of the neck requiring no surgery or a space abscess displacing the adjacent structures thus requiring surgical drainage. Anatomy of the significant fascial planes and spaces of the neck will reviewed employing CT utilizing 3 mm cuts. Specific case presentations feature early diagnosis and management.


Mar 1, 1978·The Laryngoscope·S E ThawleyT R Fuller
Aug 1, 1977·The Laryngoscope·L V GouldC T Chung
Dec 1, 1973·The British Journal of Radiology·G N Hounsfield
Jul 1, 1981·The Laryngoscope·P I Wills, R P Vernon
Mar 1, 1981·Radiology·L C DoubledayS Wallace


Sep 29, 2006·Southern Medical Journal·Nahed M Abdel-HaqB I Asmar
Mar 14, 2012·Radiographics : a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc·Saira HaqueMusa Kaleem
Apr 20, 2000·Indian Journal of Pediatrics·J A Koempel, J Maddalozzo
Nov 17, 2001·European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology·S M FrancqueP G Jorens
Aug 9, 2001·Australian Dental Journal·J M ShandD Wiesenfeld
May 23, 2003·American Journal of Otolaryngology·Cetin VuralSusan Comerci
Jul 1, 1997·American Journal of Otolaryngology·P B BrechtelsbauerC R Bradford
Sep 22, 2010·European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology : Official Journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : Affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgery·Yan Qing Lee, Jeevendra Kanagalingam
Mar 1, 1997·Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography·H J KimS H Chung
Jan 1, 1993·Pediatric Radiology·C S Mitchell, M D Nelson
Jun 1, 1987·Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery : Official Journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons·A F FieldingW J Barker
Mar 1, 1993·Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery : Official Journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons·L J Peterson
Dec 1, 1985·Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery : Official Journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons·M B HallA Mancuso
Aug 1, 1985·Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology·J B MurphyM Bianchi
Jun 24, 2008·Journal of Hospital Medicine : an Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine·Nisha L BhatiaJoseph C Charles
Feb 1, 1990·The British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery·R H HaugA T Indresano
Apr 1, 1984·The Laryngoscope·G E BarrattS W Coulthard
Aug 31, 2014·The American Journal of Emergency Medicine·Doh Young LeeJ Hun Hah
Apr 1, 1997·International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery·M SakaguchiK Taguchi
Mar 1, 1993·The American Journal of Emergency Medicine·R A De LorenzoW M Matre
Apr 1, 1993·Clinical Pediatrics·T RavindranathV Harris
Jul 1, 1991·Otolaryngology--head and Neck Surgery : Official Journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery·G J GianoliR H Miller
Dec 1, 1994·Otolaryngology--head and Neck Surgery : Official Journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery·J B LazorA L Weber
Oct 1, 1991·Archives of Disease in Childhood·M Coulthard, D Isaacs
Sep 1, 1987·The Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology·B H Matt, R P Lusk
Sep 1, 1991·The Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology·L W WelshJ J Kelly
Mar 24, 1998·The Journal of Laryngology and Otology·P G Harries

Related Concepts

Bacteriocidal Agents
Drainage Procedure
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Tomography, X-Ray Computerized Axial

Trending Feeds


Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Evolution of Pluripotency

Pluripotency refers to the ability of a cell to develop into three primary germ cell layers of the embryo. This feed focuses on the mechanisms that underlie the evolution of pluripotency. Here is the latest research.

Lipidomics & Rhinovirus Infection

Lipidomics can be used to examine the lipid species involved with pathogenic conditions, such as viral associated inflammation. Discovered the latest research on Lipidomics & Rhinovirus Infection.

Spatio-Temporal Regulation of DNA Repair

DNA repair is a complex process regulated by several different classes of enzymes, including ligases, endonucleases, and polymerases. This feed focuses on the spatial and temporal regulation that accompanies DNA damage signaling and repair enzymes and processes.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease characterized by unexplained disabling fatigue; the pathology of which is incompletely understood. Discover the latest research on chronic fatigue syndrome here.

Torsion Dystonia

Torsion dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by loss of control of voluntary movements appearing as sustained muscle contractions and/or abnormal postures. Here is the latest research.

Archaeal RNA Polymerase

Archaeal RNA polymerases are most similar to eukaryotic RNA polymerase II but require the support of only two archaeal general transcription factors, TBP (TATA-box binding protein) and TFB (archaeal homologue of the eukaryotic general transcription factor TFIIB) to initiate basal transcription. Here is the latest research on archaeal RNA polymerases.

Alzheimer's Disease: MS4A

Variants within the membrane-spanning 4-domains subfamily A (MS4A) gene cluster have recently been implicated in Alzheimer's disease in genome-wide association studies. Here is the latest research on Alzheimer's disease and MS4A.

Central Pontine Myelinolysis

Central Pontine Myelinolysis is a neurologic disorder caused most frequently by rapid correction of hyponatremia and is characterized by demyelination that affects the central portion of the base of the pons. Here is the latest research on this disease.