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Retropharyngeal abscess – an unusual complication of anorexia nervosa

  • Thomas G. Delap (a1), William E. Grant (a1), Robert Dick (a1) and Robert E. Quiney (a1)


An unusual case of an adult female with anorexia nervosa, who developed a retropharyngeal abscess, is presented. This case is reported both because of the paucity of reports on retropharyngeal abscess and because of the dramatic unusual aetiology.


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Address for correspondence: Thomas G. Delap, F.R.C.S., Registrar in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG.


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Retropharyngeal abscess – an unusual complication of anorexia nervosa

  • Thomas G. Delap (a1), William E. Grant (a1), Robert Dick (a1) and Robert E. Quiney (a1)


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