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Ann Rehabil Med 2012 Dec; 36(6): 861-865
Dysphagia due to Retropharyngeal Abscess that Incidentally Detected in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Patient
Jung Hwan Lee, M.D., Jin-Woo Park, M.D., Bum Sun Kwon, M.D., Ki Hyung Ryu, M.D., Ho Jun Lee, M.D., Young Geun Park, M.D., Ji Hea Chang, M.D., Kyoung Bo Sim, M.D.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, Dongguk University, Goyang 410-773, Korea
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ABSTRACT
Cerebral hemorrhage is one of the most common causes of dysphagia. In many cases, dysphagia gets better once the acute phase has passed. Structural lesions such as thyromegaly, cervical hyperostosis, congenital web, Zenker's diverticulum, neoplasm, radiation fibrosis, and retropharyngeal abscess must be considered as other causes of dysphagia as well. Retropharyngeal abscess seldom occur in adults and if it does so, a search for a prior dental procedure, trauma, head and neck infection is needed. The symptoms may include neck pain, dysphagia, sore throat, and in rare cases, dyspnea accompanied by stridor. We present a case and discuss a patient who had dysphagia and neck pain after a cerebral hemorrhage. Testing revealed a retropharyngeal abscess. The symptoms were successfully treated after the administration of antibiotics.
KEYWORD
Retropharyngeal abscess, Dysphagia, Neck pain
Ann Rehabil Med 2012 Dec; 36(6): 861-865
   

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