chapter  40
Neck space infections
ByJames W. Moor
Pages 10

INTRODUCTION Neck space infections arise through a variety of aetiological processes and cause a diverse clinical picture. They carry the potential to cause life-threatening complications and death, although in the modern era with availability of broad-spectrum antibiotics, cross-sectional imaging and modern theatre facilities, the mortality rate is low. Nonetheless, appropriate and successful management requires a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the neck, knowledge of usual causative organisms and their sensitivities to commonly available antibiotics, clinical diagnostic skills and formulation of multi-speciality treatment plans with potential input from anaesthetists, microbiologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, otorhinolaryngologists, paediatricians and radiologists.