Tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess with Pott disease and tu
Tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess is rare, but it can be fatal if not treated appropriately. It usually occurs secondary to tuberculosis of the cervical spine. Moreover, tuberculous abscess involving the chest wall is relatively rare in skeletal tuberculosis. Although the optimal treatment is controversial, most clinicians suggest a combination of sufficient antituberculous medication and complete resection to prevent recurrence and increase therapeutic efficacy. Herein, we present an unusual case of retropharyngeal abscess with cervical Pott disease and tuberculous abscess of the chest wall.

The patient was a 27-year-old Indonesian woman who had neck pain, dysphagia, and odynophagia, but no neurological deficit. Examination of the oral cavity showed anterior displacement of the posterior pharyngeal wall. The mass over the right anterior chest wall measured approximately 5 × 4 cm in size. She was admitted to the hospital for treatment. Drainage of the retropharyngeal and chest wall abscesses with debridement of the chest wall was performed.
Radiography and computed tomography findings were suggestive of retropharyngeal abscess extending to the cervical spine and chest wall abscess.

No complications occurred after early surgical treatment and administration of antituberculous medication. The patient recovered well and went back to her own country after discharge.

Source: Medicine: July 2019 - Volume 98 - Issue 27 - p e16280

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