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Retropharyngeal abscess after chemotherapy
  1. Bassem Mettias,
  2. Stuart Robertson,
  3. Malcolm A Buchanan
  1. ENT, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Bassem Mettias, bassemadel{at}


Chemotherapy increases susceptibility to infection due to the effect on cell-mediated and humoral immunity. Retropharyngeal abscess is a serious head and neck infection that rapidly progresses from toxicity, whether the patient is neutropenic or not. The risk should be carefully assessed with any chemotherapeutic agent, especially docetaxel.

  • ear, nose and throat
  • head and neck cancer
  • unwanted effects / adverse reactions
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  • Contributors BM collected data. SR was a clinical supervisor. MAB did the revision and supervision of the written draft.

  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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