A neck abscess or deep neck infection is a collection of pus that originates from an infection in spaces between the structures of the neck such as the throat, tongue, and windpipe. Children are especially vulnerable to these kinds of infections, which often follow a bacterial or viral infection of the neck or head. Colds, flu, tonsillitis, sinus infections and ear infections can all precipitate an abscess.
To diagnose a neck abscess the physician may:
- Physical exam:
- A physical examination is usually sufficient to diagnose a neck abscess. If an abscess is found, we have an on-site surgery center to drain it for you in an expeditious and personalized manner for rapid diagnosis and resolution of the problem. If an overnight stay is recommended, we will perform these at the hospital.
- Blood test:
- A blood test will help measure the body's response to any infection that may be present.
- A procedure in which tissue samples are removed from the body for further examination.