Oropharyngeal tuberculosis causing severe odynophagia and dysphagia

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2002 May;259(5):229-30. doi: 10.1007/s00405-001-0439-5.


Oropharyngeal tuberculosis is a rare disease and is usually secondary to laryngeal involvement in pulmonary tuberculosis. The major symptom in such patients is sore throat. Here, we report a case of tuberculosis of the posterior oropharyngeal wall without laryngeal involvement and causing severe dysphagia and odynophagia without esophageal or mediastinal involvement. The unusual presentation of extrapulmonary tuberculosis is emphasized, and its diagnosis and treatment are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Deglutition Disorders / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oropharynx / drug effects
  • Oropharynx / pathology*
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / complications*
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / drug therapy
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tuberculosis / complications*
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis
  • Tuberculosis / drug therapy


  • Antitubercular Agents