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.
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