Salmonella Retropharyngeal Abscess Linked to Backyard Poultry Exposure in a 12-month-old

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Angela Fadil
University of Florida


Angela Fadil


Although Salmonella gastroenteritis typically produces self-limited diarrheal illness in healthy children, severe disease or complications are more common in children under the age of five. Here, we explore a rare complication of nontyphoidal Salmonella infection in a 12-month-old girl with a retropharyngeal abscess. Epidemiologic investigation revealed exposure to a backyard flock of chickens. The patient had little direct contact with chickens but did go with family to collect eggs, riding on a vehicle that likely became contaminated. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been investigating multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with backyard poultry. Children under the age of five years are particularly vulnerable, given their immature immune system, propensity for poor hygiene, and natural curiosity for wildlife. This case highlights the risks to infants and young children in contact with live poultry or potential contamination of the environment.


Discuss the mechanism of salmonella infection with a focus on extraintestinal manifestations pertinent to ENT practice.

Highlight a novel case of salmonella retropharyngeal abscess in a 12-month-old girl linked to backyard poultry exposure

Discuss the ongoing CDC investigation regarding backyard poultry salmonella outbreaks and the heightened risk of infection among infants, young children, and the elderly.