Dysphagia due to anterior cervical osteophytes complicated with hypopharynx abscess

BMJ Case Rep. 2011 Feb 23:2011:bcr1120103551. doi: 10.1136/bcr.11.2010.3551.


This report concerns a case of an 80-year-old man with progressive dysphagia and stridor. Patient's clinical and radiological evaluation revealed a mass of the hypopharynx and a large cervical osteophyte. Microlaryngoscopy under general anaesthesia demonstrated the presence of a hypopharynx abscess that was drained. A tracheotomy was performed in order to secure the airway, and 6 weeks later, the patient was decannulated and returned to full consistency diet.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / complications*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cervical Vertebrae*
  • Deglutition Disorders / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Hypopharynx*
  • Male
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / complications*
  • Spinal Osteophytosis / complications*