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Brucellar spondylitis presenting with neck stiffness and accompanying retropharyngeal inflammatory soft tissue mass

Authors
Journal
European Journal of Radiology
0720-048X
Publisher
Elsevier
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2011.01.023
Keywords
  • Brucellosis
  • Pharyngeal Diseases
  • Mri
  • Spondylitis
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Brucellosis is an systemic inflammatory condition caused most commonly by Brucella Melitensis, a gram negative coccobacilli which is transmitted by infected animals and their products. Ondulent fever, night sweats and generalized weakness are the most common clinical symptoms but the wide spectrum of complaints can even include psychiatric disorders. We present a case who had neck stiffness and difficulty in neck movement were the initial complaints and radiologically, retropharyngeal soft tissues welling at upper cervical level in MRI. This case report reveals the value of MRI in the further characterisation of pharyngeal involvoment by brucellosis with an atypical presentation.

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