Deep neck abscesses (DNAs) continue to be commonly encountered in developing countries like India. This study was conducted to determine the changing trends within our population with respect to presentation, aetiology, location and microbiology of DNAs. Fifty-four patients with DNAs who were managed at the Department of ORL and H&N Surgery in our hospital between May 2002 and December 2002 formed the basis of the study. We observed that the high incidence of DNAs could be attributed to lack of awareness, illiteracy and poverty among patients, along with the poor primary health infrastructure. We also recommend early surgical intervention in these cases to decrease the prevalence of complications.