Head and Neck Infections

  • Ana Paula VelezEmail author
  • John N. Greene
  • Jorge A. Lamarche


The head and neck have several compartments with very rich blood and nerve supply. Organisms from the oral cavity and skin can gain access to the vital structures of the head and neck causing severe infection. The infection can spread rapidly to vital locations causing life threathening complications. Prompt diagnosis and therapy are essential especially in neutropenic patients.

In this chapter we will review the most common infections of the head and neck seen in neutropenic patients.


Malignant otitis Periorbital cellulitis Necrotizing gingivitis Vincent’s angina Herpetic gingivostomatitis Submandibular space infections Ludwing’s angina Lateral pharyngeal space infection Retropharyngeal and prevertebral space infections 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Paula Velez
    • 1
    Email author
  • John N. Greene
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jorge A. Lamarche
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.USF Morsani College of Medicine, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research InstituteTampaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Infectious DiseasesUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  4. 4.Nephrology DepartmentUniversity of South Florida Morsani College of MedicineTampaUSA
  5. 5.James Haley VA HospitalTampaUSA

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