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Journal of Case Reports
Tuberculous Retropharyngeal Abscess as an Indiscernible Cause of Dysphagia
Arvind Kumar Mishra, Rohit Anand, Kamlesh Kumar Gupta, Rohin Saini 
Department of General Medicine, King George Medical University, Lucknow.
Corresponding Author:
Dr. Arvind Kumar Mishra 
Email: anuarvindmishra@yahoo.com 
Received: 13-NOV-2017 Accepted: 12-FEB-2018 Published Online: 20-MAR-2018
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17659/01.2018.0020
Background: Tuberculosis is known to affect almost any organ in the body. Retro-pharyngeal abscess (RPA) caused by tuberculosis is a relatively uncommon manifestation of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis within the head and neck. The symptoms which may include neck pain, dysphagia, sore throat may not be classically present. Case Report: Here we report an unusual case of tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess presenting as dysphagia in a middle aged male, without any symptoms or signs of tuberculosis. Conclusion: Though uncommon in adults and difficulties associated in diagnosing this entity, it is imperative to early diagnose and treat this condition to prevent fatal consequences such as life-threatening airway obstruction.
Keywords : Airway Obstruction, Neck Pain, Pharyngitis, Retropharyngeal Abscess, Tuberculosis.
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