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  • Römer, Maria Mikaela (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    This thesis describes the characteristics and management of pediatric deep neck infections at the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Helsinki University Hospital during a 10-year period. The cohort consisted of 62 patients. A majority (85%) of the patients underwent immediate or late surgical intervention. Due to the low amount of conservatively treated patients (15%) no factors suggestive for successful conservative treatment were recognized. However, initiation of conservative treatment and close follow-up seem sufficient if the patient is in stable condition. The mean duration for hospital stay was 4.8 days. Patients with a complicated clinical course presented more likely with fever, cervical lymphadenopathy, trismus and torticollis. Despite the chosen treatment modality, all patients recovered well and the risk of serious complications was low. Surgical drainage still remains the main treatment modality for this patient population at our institution. Further studies are warranted to compose evidence-based treatment guidelines.