Sore Throat / Sore Mouth

Dental disease
Oral thrush
Peritonsillar abscess
Retropharyngeal abscess / cellulitis

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the throat and oral cavity
  • Describe the pathophysiology and risk factors of common disease affecting the throat and oral cavity
  • Name and classify the pathogens that cause common diseases of the throat and oral cavity
  • Describe the basic principles of pharmacology used in the management of common throat and oral cavity infections

Overview & Foundational Knowledge

Gereige, R and Cunill- De Sautu, B. Throat Infections. Pediatrics in Review 2011; 32(11): 459-469.

Overview of pharyngitis, peritonsillar abscess, retropharyngeal cellulitis. Very good pictures

Krol DM & Keels MA. Oral conditions. Pediatrics in Review 2007; 28(1): 15-22.

Covers conditions such as oral candidiasis, viral stomatitis and ulcerative lesions. Good pictures.

Martof, A. Consultation with the Specialist: Dental Care. Pediatrics in Review 2001; 22(1): 13-15. 

Good, short overview with good pictures. Covers tooth eruption, dental care in infants, dental caries, dental trauma and dental infection.

Dudas R & Serwint JR. In Brief: Retropharyngeal Abscess. Pediatrics in Review Vol. 27 No. 6 June 1, 2006, pp e45–e46.

A brief overview of Retropharyngeal Abscess

Clinical Resources

Antifungal agents for common paediatric infections.

Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statement (2007, 2013). There is a specific section on oropharyngeal candidiasis

Oral health care for children – a call for action.

Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statement (2012) on oral health in children.

Clinical Presentations