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Title: Retropharyngeal abscess with atlanto-axial subluxation
Authors: Said-Pullicino, Veronica
Gatt, Andre Stefan
Pace, David
Keywords: Retropharyngeal abscess
Torticollis -- Case reports
Pharynx -- Diseases
Issue Date: 2020-08
Publisher: University of Malta. Medical School
Citation: Said-Pullicino, V., Gatt, A. S., & Pace, D. (2020). Retropharyngeal abscess with atlanto-axial subluxation. Malta Medical School Gazette, 4(1), 103-108.
Abstract: We describe a case of a 4-year-old boy who presented with fever, neck pain and bilateral non-suppurative cervical lymphadenopathy. Torticollis, painful limitation of neck movements and nuchal tenderness were present. CT scan revealed a retropharyngeal abscess and rotatory subluxation of the atlanto-axial joint, consistent with Grisel’s syndrome. This is an important differential in children with fever and torticollis as if unrecognized, may potentially lead to serious neurological deficits from cervical cord compression.
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