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Transverse cervical myelopathy: an unusual complication of retropharyngeal abscess.

Authors
  • Heilbronn, Y D
  • Tovi, F
  • Hirsch, M
  • Ronen, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Head & neck surgery
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1984
Volume
6
Issue
6
Pages
1051–1053
Identifiers
PMID: 6469656
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Retropharyngeal abscess complicated by suppuration in the central nervous system, intra- or extraaxial, is rare. Acute transverse myelopathy complicating a retropharyngeal abscess may be more frequent than epidural spinal abscess and usually affects the thoracic cord. Therefore, the occurrence of acute high cervical transverse myelopathy is rarely encountered and warrants reporting. The need for neuroradiologic diagnostic evaluation is emphasized in order to rule out a surgically treatable lesion.

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