Cervical Myelopathy due to Tubercular Retropharyngeal Abscess
Keywords:Retropharyngeal abscess, extrapulmonary tuberculosis, compressive myelopathy
AbstractTuberculosis is the commonest infectious disease in developing country. A retropharyngeal abscess is an immediate
life-threatening emergency, with potential for airway compromise and other catastrophic complications. We report
the clinical, radiological and histological findings of symptomatic 16 years old girl with the features of cervical cord
compression due to retropharyngeal abscess of tubercular origin. The patient improved after surgical management
of abscess was done followed by anti-tuberculous drugs.
Keywords: Retropharyngeal abscess; extrapulmonary tuberculosis; compressive myelopathy
J MEDICINE 2010; 11 : 180-182
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