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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361

S. Afr. j. surg. vol.50 n.4 Cape Town Nov. 2012




Retropharyngeal cold abscess without Pott's spine



J SinghI; H VelankarI; D ShindeII; N ChordiaII; S BudhwaniII

IMB BS, MS (ENT). Department of ENT, Padmashree Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Sector 5, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India
IIMB BS. Department of ENT, Padmashree Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Sector 5, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India




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.


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