A case of retropharyngeal abscess with spondylitis causing tetraplegia

  • Takeshi Kusunoki | ttkusunoki001@aol.com Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Shin Ito Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Takashi Iizuka Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Noritsugu Ono Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Katsuhisa Ikeda Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.

Abstract

We report a case of retropharyngeal abscess with spondylitis causing tetraplegia. At a previous hospital, administration of antibiotics improved the inflammation findings. However, magnetic resonace imaging showed a remaining retropharyngeal abscess. This patient showed a disturbance of consciousness under this therapy. Therefore, he was admitted to our hospital and underwent a drainage operation. At 1 day after this operation, he recovered from the disturbance of consciousness.

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Author Biography

Takeshi Kusunoki, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo
Associate Professor
Published
2012-04-30
Section
Case Reports
Keywords:
retropharyngeal abscess, spondylitis, tetraplegia, magnetic resonance imaging, drainage operation.
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How to Cite
Kusunoki, T., Ito, S., Iizuka, T., Ono, N., & Ikeda, K. (2012). A case of retropharyngeal abscess with spondylitis causing tetraplegia. Clinics and Practice, 2(2), e52. https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2012.e52