South African Journal of Surgery
On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361
SINGH, J et al. Retropharyngeal cold abscess without Pott's spine. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2012, vol.50, n.4, pp.137-139. ISSN 2078-5151.
Retropharyngeal abscesses are infections deep in the neck space that can pose an immediate life-threatening emergency, with potential for airway compromise and other catastrophic complications. In adults these abscesses can develop as a result of vertebral pyogenic osteomyelitis, tube Reculosis of the spine, or external injuries caused by endoscopes or foreign bodies (e.g. fish bones). Tuberculosis of the retropharyngeal space is one of the rare forms of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Early diagnosis and treatment are necessary to prevent the serious complications of the disease. We present a case of tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess in an adult woman without tuberculosis of the cervical spine who was managed surgically by aspirating the retropharyngeal abscess transorally, together with antituberculosis treatment.