Tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess as a cause of oropharyngeal dysphagia

Am J Otolaryngol. 2012 Mar-Apr;33(2):272-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2011.06.006. Epub 2011 Aug 25.


Tuberculosis is known to affect almost every organ in the body, but its manifestations in the head and neck region are quite rare. A tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess is a very rare condition and can be the cause of oropharyngeal dysphagia. It is usually secondary to tuberculosis of the spine and has the potential of significant morbidity and mortality if not treated appropriately. We present a case of a 74-year-old man with a retropharyngeal abscess with no evidence of spinal tuberculosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Deglutition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Deglutition Disorders / etiology*
  • Deglutition Disorders / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Drainage / methods
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / isolation & purification*
  • Retropharyngeal Abscess / complications*
  • Retropharyngeal Abscess / diagnosis
  • Retropharyngeal Abscess / therapy
  • Tuberculosis, Laryngeal / complications*
  • Tuberculosis, Laryngeal / diagnosis
  • Tuberculosis, Laryngeal / therapy


  • Antitubercular Agents